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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:14 pm 

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What is the difference between an STI and an STD?

The Planned Parenthood website says that an STI is an infection without symptoms and an STD is an infection that shows symptoms. Would you agree with that?

If so, if someone is diagnosed with HSV-2 with a blood test and is showing symptoms, they would have an STD, versus someone not showing symptoms would have an STI?

Thanks in advance for the clarification.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:28 pm 

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I would interpret the Planned Parenthood's statement differently. They say that an infection is both before and after disease has occurred. For example. HPV can be present in the body without causing any changes. That would be an infection with HPV. When the HPV leads to cervical cancer, that would be a disease.

STI is more medically correct because it includes any"thing" transmitted sexually, where as STD means that a form of disease has occured. An infection can lead to disease

Another suggestion I've heard for the change from STD to STI is that infection is more publicly acceptable than disease.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:13 am 

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An Std is a sexually trasmitted disease such as hpv or herpes where as an sti a sexually transmitted infection is a bacteria like chlamydia or gonharea.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:29 pm 

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actually they are both the SAME EXACT THING. They used to call them all std's but then changed to calling them sti's because they didn't want folks to think of themselves as being "diseased" but merely infected. The pc term is sti's though of course many people, myself included, still stick with the ole standard of calling them std's out of habit.

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