Let us explain. Historically, the term “VD” which stands for venereal disease, was used to describe gonorrhea and syphilis, the only 2 diseases that we knew to be transmitted through sexual contact. But by the 1980s, HIV/AIDS along with other conditions and infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes (HSV), chlamydia, and hepatitis C required a new way of thinking and talking about infections.
The term, STD, sexually transmitted disease, became popular but can be misleading because a person can be infected but not show any signs of disease.
Today, STI, sexually transmitted infection, is the preferred term because some infections, such as HPV or HSV cannot be cured but the infected person may not have any symptoms of the disease.
For many years, there was little or no discussion on how to prevent getting a sexually transmitted infection. Today, there is a more open discussion but there is still a great need for education.
Make better sense? We hope so!