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intercourse, and with the numbers of sexual partners of those partners (figure 25.7). The use of alcohol and other drugs that release inhibitions adds to the risk. Table 25.6 lists some often overlooked symptoms that can indicate the possibility of a sexually transmitted disease and warrant clinical evaluation even if they go away without treatment, especially if they appear within a few weeks of sexual intercourse with a new partner. A number of STDs can cause few or no symptoms and yet produce serious effects and be transmissible to other people.

Simple measures, although generally not popular, are highly effective in preventing STDs. A small but increasing percentage of students are abstaining from sexual intercourse, or mmmmmmwmmmmm

Figure 25.7 The Possible Risk of Acquiring a Sexually Transmitted Disease in Two Individuals Contemplating Unprotected Sexual Intercourse Each partner had two previous sexual partners, and each of these partners had two previous partners, and so on. (HSV—herpes simplex virus, type 2; HIV—human immunodeficiency virus; HPV—human papillomavirus.)

Figure 25.7 The Possible Risk of Acquiring a Sexually Transmitted Disease in Two Individuals Contemplating Unprotected Sexual Intercourse Each partner had two previous sexual partners, and each of these partners had two previous partners, and so on. (HSV—herpes simplex virus, type 2; HIV—human immunodeficiency virus; HPV—human papillomavirus.)

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