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Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs have a new name. They are now called “sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)”. The word “infection” is more accurate given that some conditions may or may not have visible symptoms.


Chlamydia is an infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. People with chlamydia most often do not show symptoms.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is an infection caused by the Herpes simplex. People with genital herpes remain infected for the rest of their lives. 


Gonorrhea is an infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. A person can have gonorrhea more than once in his or her life. 

Hepatitis A, B and C

Hepatitis A, B and C are inflammations of the liver caused by different viruses. They can be spread many ways, including through sex. 


The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks and weakens the immune system. The infected person is then affected by various other diseases and infections. In time, if the HIV infection is not treated, it can develop into AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). People who get HIV are infected for life.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

There are many types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Some of them can be transmitted sexually.

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is an infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. People infected with LGV do not always show symptoms.


Syphilis is an infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. A person may be infected without knowing it.

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) and pregnancy

Information on transmission, consequences, screening and treatments.

Last update: June 22, 2016


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