Just out of curiosity, why is the term "sexually transmitted infection" preferable to "sexually transmitted disease"? What are the histories and origins of these terms? thanks.
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A disease, by most medical definitions, is progressive by definition. But most sexually transmitted infections -- all of which are infections -- aren't progressive when they are treated, as most can be.
Disease also carries a level of stigma infection does not.
Per the history and origin of the terms infections vs. disease, afraid I don't know the answer to that one.
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