A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors include:
- Current or previous sexually-transmitted disease (STD)
- Multiple sex partners
- Sexual intercourse with a partner who has an STD
- Intercourse without the protection of a condom
- Age: 15-24 years old
- Use of an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control—This does not increase the risk of getting an STD, but can accelerate the course of PID.
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