Since April is STD Awareness Month, we’re dedicating this post to giving you the facts.
“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.”
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.
You can’t tell someone has an STD by looking at them.
STDs often have no symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested.
STD tests aren’t always a part of a regular doctor visit—you may have to ask for tests.
Birth control methods like the pill, patch, ring, and IUD are very effective at preventing pregnancy; condoms protect against pregnancy and STDs.
STD testing is a basic part of staying healthy.
Visit your local Affinity Urgent Care for STD Awareness Month to take control of your health and get tested.