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Sexual Health

Pregnancy is typically the greatest concern when you are sexually active. However, it is important to consider that your sexual health is also at risk, even with the use of a condom. While pregnancy comes with its own challenges, contracting a sexually transmitted disease can have a lifelong impact.

With more than a dozen STDs prevalent in the United States, an estimated 20 million new infections are diagnosed each year. Half of those new infections occur in people ages 15 to 24.  (source

What are STDs?

STDs are sexually transmitted diseases that are past from person to person during sexual activity such as vaginal, oral and anal sex and mutual masturbation.

Prevention & Treatment

While using a condom during sex can help to prevent the spread of STDs, it never eliminates the risk entirely. The only sure way to avoid infection is to abstain from sexual activity. Vaccinations do exist for some STDs, but not all.

If you suspect that you have contracted an STD it is important to get tested immediately. Remember that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms. The disease can be spread without you or your partner’s knowledge. This makes STD testing vital in preventing the spread of disease. Some STDs are treatable with medication, others are incurable but symptoms can be managed with medication.

If you feel you are at risk for an STD or have any questions about STDs please contact a doctor to discuss treatment and options for prevention.