Did you know?
- There are over 25 different Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Some are not curable and some are deadly
- Over 70 million Americans are infected with an STD
- Each year there are 19 million new cases reported; 9 million of those are 15 – 24 years old
- Over 95% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV
- Condoms are not a reliable way to prevent STDs
- Some are transferred through skin to skin contact and oral sex
If you are sexually active, education and testing is very important. The Center for Disease Control recommends that:
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
- Annual chlamydia screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- Annual gonorrhea screening for all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.
- Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (e.g., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent HIV testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland’s STD Clinic is open as of January 23, 2018 and anyone who would like to be tested should call 301-737-4604 for an appointment. ALL of our services are free and confidential. You can find out more information about our STD Clinic in this short video:
Need more information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases and related conditions? Click the links below to view information directly from the Center for Disease Control.