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April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) Awareness Month

April 2016

Why Get Tested?
April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) awareness month, and there is no better time to take initiative to get tested to know your status. By making an appointment to get tested you are taking control of your own sexual health. It may seem scary to get tested and find out the truth, but by remaining untested you are potentially harming yourself and infecting others.
STDs are an issue that is of major concern among young people aged 15-24.  Young people under 25 represent half of all STD cases in the United States, even though they are only about a quarter of the population. In fact, it is estimated that one in four sexually active adolescent females has an STD. Using a condom can decrease your chances of being infected, but the only way to completely avoid STDs is to not have oral, vaginal, or anal sex.  Even if you use birth control you still need to think about STDs, the pill, patch, IUD, and rings, do not protect against STDs. 
Your local Central District Health Department has confidential screenings available to you.  Screening is usually quick and painless. Don’t be afraid, just call 208-327-7400 for an appointment! They will provide the necessary resources to help you. Protect yourself, protect others, and get tested today.

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