Sexual Health

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Pregnancy is not your only concern.

Every time you have sex you are at risk for getting an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)

Did you know?
1 in 4 sexually active young adult (ages 15-24) has an STD. Many do not even know it.[1]

There are 19.2 million new STD cases reported each year.[2]

What Are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases are diseases passed from person to person during sexual activity (e.g. vaginal, oral and anal sex, outercourse or mutual masturbation). STDs can be transmitted through bodily fluids and, in some cases, skin-to-skin contact.

It’s import to remember that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms. But STDs can still cause severe damage, and can be passed to you partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease at any time.

Prevention

Condoms are not as effective as you may think. As written on the back of the Trojan condom box, “Latex condoms reduce the risk of transmitting STDs, however, they do not completely eliminate the risks of pregnancy and STDs.” And only when used 100% correctly every time you have sex.

The only sure way to avoid infection is to refrain from engaging in sexual activity.

Treatment

Some STDs can be treated and even cured with medications. Other STDs cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed. Early detection is essential for effective treatment.

This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.


[1] “STD Trends in the United States,” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last modified March 2013, http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/trends-2011.pdf

[2] bid.

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