9. HIV/AIDS

AIDS is an abbreviation for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is probably the most life threatening sexually transmitted disease in the world today. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus and is considered an STD because the virus can be found in all body fluids. This includes saliva, vaginal discharge and sperm amongst others. This is a serious disease because there is no known cure, though there is long-term treatment for those infected with HIV, the pre-cursor to AIDS. AIDS is fatal, and easily preventable — simple use of condoms can prevent its spread.

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