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Posted on: April 1, 2019

April is STI Awareness Month

April is STI Awareness Month

Did you know that for those who are sexually active, 1 in 2 will get an STI by the time they’re 25 years old?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in this country, and half of those are among young people aged 15–24.

The month of April is STI Awareness Month. So what are sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? STIs are infections that you catch through sexual contact. There are a lot of different STIs and their treatments, symptoms, and severity depend on the infection itself. Some of them are curable with medicine, others are not, but are treatable. There are a lot of myths floating around about STIs, but here is some information you can trust.

 Are you at risk? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are at risk for STIs:

  • Have you had vaginal, anal, or oral sex without a condom?
  • Have you ever had an STI, including HIV?
  • Have any of your sexual partners had an STI?
  • Have you or any of your sexual partners ever injected drugs?
  • Have you or any of your sexual partners exchanged money or drugs for sex?
  • Is it possible that any of your sexual partners in the past 12 months had sex with someone else while they were still in a sexual relationship with you?

Prevention is the key- use a condom every time and get tested. YES to sex? #YESmeansTEST. Visit one of our clinic locations for FREE CONDOMS and for basic STI testing.  CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 303-363-3018

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