Every year, there are an estimated 20 million new STD infections in the United States. Some groups are disproportionately affected by STDs, such as: young adults, gay and/or bisexual men, and some racial and ethnic minorities. The good news is that STDs are preventable. There are steps you can take to keep you and your sexual partner healthy.
- Using a condom correctly every time you have sex can help you avoids STDs.
- Condoms lessen the risk of infection for STDs.
- The most common STD is HPV, which can be prevented by a vaccine.
- The vaccine for HPV is safe and effective, and can help you avoid HPV.
- It is a routine vaccination for boys and girls, ages 11 to 12.
- Agree to have sex with only one person who agrees to have sex with you.
- Make sure you both get tested and that neither have STD before consenting to sex.
- These are the most reliable ways to avoid STDs.
- Many STDs do not have symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know if you have them for sure.
- Many STDs are curable and all are treatable!