Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections which result from sexual contact with an infected person. “STD” is a blanket term used to describe a wide range of such conditions, which include gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, yeast infections, crabs, scabies and hepatitis. HIV is also considered an STD, and is among the most dangerous infectious conditions. Prevention is very important, and can be achieved through abstinence and safer sexual practices including monogamy and the use of latex condoms during oral, vaginal and anal sex. Education is also a crucial aspect of the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly among young people.