Since April is STD Awareness Month, we're dedicating this post to giving you the facts.
Three common STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—are surging across the United States. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Young people are especially hard-hit. The CDC says 15-24-year olds account for half of all new STDs.
The Houston area is no exception to that.
“The consequences of STDs are especially severe for young people,” said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention.
“Because chlamydia and gonorrhea often have no symptoms, many infections go undiagnosed and this can lead to lifelong repercussions for a woman’s reproductive health, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.”
Untreated STDs can also increase a person’s risk of getting HIV or passing it to a partner if they’re living with HIV.
Early detection through testing is key to avoiding these consequences. But research has shown many teens don’t talk with their providers about sexual health issues at all.
Getting tested for STDs during STD Awareness Month: is one of the most important things a person can do to protect their health. But, it’s not the only thing.
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