Sexually Transmitted and Infectious Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses cause STDs. There are many types of STDs, including:

Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby. Helping HIV-infected pregnant women realize their goal of delivering a healthy baby is a top priority in Mount Sinai's Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.


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Dr. Rhoda Sperling and her team of researchers at Mount Sinai are international leaders in the field of HIV infection and its impact on pregnancy.
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