According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- There are 20 million new STI cases in the U.S. every year
- The medical costs for these new cases are $16 billion
- Adding the new cases each year with existing infection, there are an estimated 110 million total STIs among Americans
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) mean the same thing, and that is a disease that is spread through sexual activity (remember that includes all types of sex – vaginal, anal, and oral). Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for getting and spreading an STD.
At District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) you can get confidential STD testing- that means you do not need a parent or guardian’s consent, but we encourage you to inform a parent or guardian if you think you need STD testing. STD testing at DHD#10 is available at low or no-cost; cost is based on your income. Services at DHD#10 are LGTBQ friendly.
People with multiple sexual partners, those who think they may have been exposed to a STD, those who’ve had unprotected sex with a partner whose health status was unknown, or anyone who has symptoms of an STD should get tested. If you think you have an STD, first off, don’t panic. You should make an appointment to get tested right away and hold off on all sexual activity until you get tested. To make an appointment call 888-217-3904, option #2.
Upon result of your test, a nurse can discuss safe sex, treatment options, birth control, how to talk to your partner, and more. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
For more information about STDs visit, beforeplay.org