April is STD/STI Awareness Month!
“This month-long observance provides an opportunity to clear up misperceptions about STD prevention and testing, and confront the unique challenges that young people face when it comes to preventing these infections.”
“Almost half of all sexually active young people in the United States will get an STD by the time they’re 25—and most won’t know it.”
Almost all STDs that can be spread via unprotected vaginal sex can also be spread through unprotected oral and anal sex.
You can lower your risk of getting STDs by:
- Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and does not have STDs.
- Limiting the number of people you have sex with if you have more than one partner.
- Using latex condoms and dental dams the right way every time you have sex.
- Getting an HPV vaccine, which can protect you against diseases (including cancers) caused by the human papillomavirus.
For more information check out: http://www.cdc.gov/features/stdawareness/
GET YOURSELF TESTED.
It’s safe, quick, and usually confidential. Many clinics even provide free or low cost testing. Link the following link to find a clinic near you:
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