Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among people aged 15–24 years accounts for nearly half of all STDs reported in the U.S.
While many of us have been introduced to sex through sex education courses in school or during the “birds and bees” talk with people close to us, a lot more of us have no idea and do not know where to start… which often leads to risky behavior or to more young adults doing things that could have been prevented, “if they had known.”
STDs are infections that are transmitted during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They are extremely common & many people who have them don’t always show symptoms, so its VERY important that you protect yourself and take precaution/preventative measures if you are or plan to, expose yourself to them.
The best way to prevent contracting or spreading an STD is to abstain from sexual activity and if that is not an option, use latex condoms and dental dams. You should also be monogamous with one-long-term partner whom has also tested negative. Getting tested every few months with your partner is also a great idea to reduce the risk!
There are more than 25 types of STDs, the most common are HPV, Trich, Chlamydia, Herpes, & Gonorrhea (“Clap”). All STDs are testable (except HPV for men) and for the most part, can be treated and cured with prescription meds. Some, like HIV, remain in the body but can be treated with long term meds to manage symptoms.
If you or anyone you know may have contracted an STD, don’t panic! Visit your local medical provider and get tested! Planned Parenthood provides discreet testing and same day visits.
The first step to treatment is knowing!