Do STD Awareness Month right by joining the GYT campaign! STDs are a very real issue affecting one out of five people today. What’s scarier is one out of two people will get an STD by the time they are 25; most STDs are spread between the ages of 15 and 25. If you are in the danger zone knowledge is key to preventing an STD from affecting your life. The good news is they are very preventable and some are even curable. For example, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are curable, but HIV, HPV, herpes and hepatitis B are only treatable. Protect yourself and take advantage of prevention tools such as pre-exposure vaccines, male and female condoms.
Maybe reading this has made you question your own sexual health. Don’t risk it! Most people who have an STD don’t know it. If you have a new partner or have had sex within the past week any STD you could have contracted may show no signs at all! To combat this issue, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte offers FREE chlamydia and gonorrhea testing every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m during the month of April. These tests can cost upward of $40! So educate yourself and take control of your own sexual health.