—  Test how much you know about the common Sexually Transmitted Infections —

Write your responses on a piece of paper to check against the answer sheet below.

10 Most common STIs: Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, Pediculosis Pubis

  1. How many sexually transmitted infections are there?

a. Between 5 and 10

b. Between 10 and 20

c. Between 20 and 30

d. Greater than 30

2. What do people say is the greatest barrier to getting tested for STIs?

a. Fear

b. Stigma

c. Cost

d. Access to healthcare

3. Of the top 10 STIs listed above, how many commonly don’t have any symptoms?

a. 3    b. 5     c. 7     d. 9

4. What STI is the most common curable STI in the world?

a. Syphilis

b. Bacterial vaginosis (BV)

c. Chlamydia

d. Trichomonas

5. Of the top 10 STIs listed above, how many can directly or indirectly cause death?

a. 3    b. 5     c. 7      d. 9

6. What used to be called “Coitus Illegitimus”?

a. Sex between unmarried partners

b. Anal sex

c. Homosexual sex

d. Oral sex

7. What two STIs are preventable by vaccination:

a. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Hepatitis B (HBV)

b. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Herpes (HSV)

c. Herpes (HSV) and Syphilis

d. HIV and Hepatitis B (HBV)

8. Which STI can cause a temporary case of arthritis?

a. Syphilis

b. Condyloma (HPV)

c. Chlamydia

d. Trichomonas

9. Which STI can cause pink-eye or blindness if you transfer it to your eye (auto-inoculation)?

a. Chlamydia

b. Bacterial vaginitis (BV)

c. HIV

d. Syphilis

10. The treatment for what STI symptom comes from the American Mandrake plant?

a. Itching (Pediculosis pubis)

b. Warts (Condyloma (HPV)

c. Blisters (Herpes/HSV)

d. Sores (Syphilis)

11. What two STIs can cause cancer?

a. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Hepatitis B (HBV)

b. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Herpes (HSV)

c. Herpes (HSV) and Syphilis

d. HIV and Hepatitis B (HBV)

12. The discovery of what group of STI-causing agents was found by investigating infected tobacco plants in Russia?

a. Bacteria

b. Parasites

c. Viruses

d. Protozoa

13. Condoms protect best against what STIs?

a. STIs caused by viruses

b. STIs caused by parasites

c. STIs transmitted by blood

d. STIs transmitted by semen

14. The treatment for what STI comes from chrysanthemum flowers and sassafras roots?

a. Pediculosis pubis

b. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

c. Herpes

d. Trichomoniasis

15. Circle the 4 words or phrases that evolved from pediculosis pubis (crabs) infestations:

The nit-picky professor scratched his head and called my paper lousy until he had gone through it with a fine-toothed comb.

Match the Nicknames with the STIs

Enter the letters of each nickname next to the correct STI

Sexually Transmitted Infections               STD Nicknames
 Syphilis _______________ a. The Clam
 b. The Great Imitator
 Gonorrhea _____________c. The Clap
 d. The Gift (that keeps on giving)
Herpes _________________e. Crotch Crickets
 f. Trick
Chlamydia ______________g. The Great Pox
 h. Circle Germ
HIV ____________________i. Hi-Five
 j. The Gleet
Trichomonas _____________k. Crabs
 l. The VD of the Ivy League
Condyloma/HPV _________m. Bone barnacle
 n. Fever Blister/Cold Sore
Pediculosis pubis _________ o. Social Disease
p. The Deadliest Catch
Sexually Transmitted Infection _______q. The Drip

End of STI Quiz!

See answer sheet below. Give yourself 1 point for every correct answer to questions 1 to 15. Give yourself 1 point for each letter from a to q that you got correct in the Match the Nickname section.                                         Total points possible = 32

            Range: 0 to 10 – You’d better stock up on condoms.

            Range: 11 to 20 – You might want to brush up on your STI IQ.

            Range 21 to 32 – You can help me write my STI book!


Multiple Choice

1. d. >30

2. b. Stigma

3. d. all except pediculosis are commonly asymptomatic especially in men

4. d. Trich

5. c. 7 (HPV, GC, CT, Hep B, HSV, HIV, Syph)

6. d. oral sex (see HPV chapter)

7. a. HPV & HBV

8. c. Chlamydia

9. a. Chlamydia

10. b. warts

11. a. HPV & HBV

12. c. viruses

13. d. semen

14. a. Pediculosis pubis

15. nit-picky, scratched his head, lousy, fine-toothed comb


Syphilis – b, g                                    Gonorrhea – c, j, q

Herpes – d, l , n                                      Chlamydia – a

HIV – i, p                                           Trichomonas – f

HPV/Condyloma – m                      Pediculosis pubis – e, k

Sexually Transmitted Infections – h, o

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