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April is STD Awareness Month

 
April is National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month 
 
STD Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases and the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their healthcare providers, partners, friends, and loved ones. 
 
Did you know that 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25?  Did you know that almost 50% of all new STD infections are among young people ages 15-24?  
 
Nationally, CDC estimates that there are approximately 19 million new cases of STD each year.  In Santa Clara County there were nearly 5,000 new Chlamydia infections and almost 600 new Gonorrhea infections reported in 2010 as well as a 38% increase in the number of primary and secondary Syphilis cases.
 
Untreated STDs can lead to serious long-term health consequences, especially for adolescent girls and women and pose a serious public health problem for many individuals who are unaware of their infection, and are not diagnosed or treated.  

GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign

MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners are supporting National STD Awareness Month with the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign to inform young people about STDs, encourage and normalize testing for STDs, and connect young people to testing centers. 
 
For information on local GYT efforts throughout the month of April check out http://www.cdcnpin.org/stdawareness/Home.aspx or contact the public health department at (408)792-5030. 
 
Find a local STD testing center by going to http://www.hivtest.org/STDTesting.aspx
 
Check out http://www.cdc.gov/std/HealthComm/fact_sheets.htm for more information on specific STDs.    
 
 

 
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