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April is STD Awareness Month

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CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 account for almost half of the 26 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STI) that occurred in the United States in 2018. Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in unintended health outcomes including unplanned pregnancy, STD/STI and negative emotional consequences.

Although some STDs/STIs are curable, contracting an STD/STI can still have serious health consequences. Symptoms are not always present but having an untreated STD/STI can increase the risk of HIV, cancer, infertility, pregnancy and delivery complications as well as other chronic conditions.

Anyone can get an STD/STI. The surest way to prevent contracting an STD/STI is to practice abstinence – avoiding vaginal, anal, oral sex and genital skin-to-skin contact . If you do choose to engage in any type of sexual intercourse, here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting or giving an STD/STI:                                                                           

  • Have fewer partners                                                                                                       
  • Talk with your partner about sexual boundaries
  • Use latex or polyurethane condoms correctly every time
  • Get vaccinated
  • Mutual monogamy
  • Both partners get tested

You can find more information about STD/STI via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National STD Hotline. The hotline, 1-919-361-8488, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CDT, Monday through Friday). 

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Page last updated: May 13, 2021