Family Health Services News
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:23

April is STD Awareness Month

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, over 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease(STD) infections occur each year in the United States. This means that there are currently over 110 million men and women living with an STD in the US. If left untreated a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, in increased risk of HIV contraction, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and many other health risks. 

If you are currently sexually active the best way to prevent an STI is to talk, test, and treat.

TALKING… with your partner prior to intercourse about which methods will be used to prevent pregnancy and infections is the first step to sexual health. TALKING… also includes being open and honest with your health care provider about your sexual history and behaviors. Discussing this with you provider will lead to the next most important step, TESTING.

Based on your age and history, your health care provider can recommend what STI TESTING you should receive. The CDC has a current up to date list of recommendations that can be found on their website. If your test results are positive your doctor will prescribe a TREATMENT regimen that is very important to follow.

In addition, it is important to also inform any partners that you have had intercourse with in the past three months. Your doctor can offer EPT or expedited partner therapy which means a prescription can be written for them without testing. After completing TREATMENT, it is recommended that you follow up with your health care provider in three months to be re-tested to ensure that the infection has cleared.

The Family Planning clinic offers STI testing and treatment by simply call 607-687-5333 to make an appointment today. All information is kept strictly confidential!

Sexually Transmitted Infections among Young Americans. Youth bear disproportionate share of STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 make up just 27% of the sexually active population, but account for 50% of the 20 million new STIs in the U.S. each year. Young people account for a substantial proportion of new STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 account for 70% of the 820,000 gonorrhea infections among all ages; 63% of the 2.9 million chlamydia infections among all ages; 49% of the 14.1 million HPV infections among all ages; 45% of the 776,000 genital herpes infections among all ages; and 20% of the 55,400 syphilis infections among all ages. Finally, Americans ages 13 to 24 account for 26% of the 47,500 HIV infections among all ages.
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