April is STD Awareness Month, which is an annual…

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April is STD Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexually transmitted diseases. STDs are infectious diseases acquired through sexual contact. STDs can be passed from person to person through blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. STDs can cause long-term health problems if left untreated.

But how do you get treated if you don’t know that you’re infected? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people between the ages of 15-24 account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections. According to various statistics, most people young people living with STDs are unaware of their infection.

Not all STDs produce noticeable symptoms. If you are sexually active, it is important for you to get routine tests. When it comes to dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, knowledge is power. The more you know, the more aware you become, and the more likely it becomes for you to prevent yourself and/or friends from becoming infected. If you want more information on STDs and prevention, you can check out the CDC’s website.

– Dyanne


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