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April is STD Awareness Month

It's important to get tested for STDs.  Don't let yourself feel ashamed, embarrassed, or guilty because STDs are among the most common infections that occur in the US today.  When diagnosed early, the majority of STDs can be cured or treated to alleviate symptoms.  If left untreated, STDs can lead to serious health conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), cervical cancer, or infertility.  Don't hesitate to make an appointment to see a medical provider for a check-up, testing, and treatment. 

According to the CDC, adolescents (10-19 years old) and young adults (20-24 years old) are at high risk for acquiring STDs.  Statistics concerning college students state that:

  • 2/3 of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age and younger.
  • 1/4 of new STD infections occur in teenagers
  • By the age of 24, 1 in 3 sexually active people will have contracted an STD
  • The highest rates of genital HPV infections are found in adults between the ages of 18 and 28. 

STDs are often asymptomatic and someone can be unaware that they have an infection.  

An important point to make is that there are 2 main types of STDs: bacterial and viral.  Bacterial STDs, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, are often cured with antibiotics.  However, viral STDs, such as HIV, HPV (genital warts), herpes, and hepatitis have no cure, but their symptoms can be alleviated with treatment, and you can reduce the risk of your partner being exposed. 

STD Facts

Sexual Health Quiz

When used correctly and consistently, condoms continue to be the best protection against HIV and STDs. 

 

Free condoms are available in Health Services.  Protect yourself and your partner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggest a topic for the Healthy Link by contacting Anne Balko via email at amb50@psu.edu

 

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Physical exams are required only for students participating in intercollegiate athletics. The form must be signed by the student's physician and returned to Health Services. The student may also receive a physical exam for sports in our health services department. For appointment , call 570-450-3029