Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Several factors influence the need for improved collaborative work and integration of prevention and disease control services among HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, immunizations, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and tuberculosis (TB) programs. Among these are the interactions between concurrent infections, risk behaviors, and the cumulative effects of multiple communicable diseases, especially on health inequities affecting at-risk populations. The net impact of this interaction is the excess morbidity and mortality experienced currently by affected populations and individuals. HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, and TB remain among the leading causes of morbidity and death in Florida as in the United States and account for substantial health care spending in both the public and private sector.
STDs During Pregnancy, Get the Facts:
STDs can complicate pregnancy and may have serious consequences for both women and their developing babies. If you are pregnant, you should be tested for STDs, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), as a part of your medical care during pregnancy. The results of an STD can be more serious, even life-threatening, for you and your baby if you become infected while pregnant. It is important that you are aware of the harmful effects of STDs and how to protect yourself and your unborn baby against infection. If you are diagnosed with an STD while pregnant, your sex partner(s) should also be tested and treated.
Are You In The Dark About STDs?
Most young adults pride themselves in 'knowing it all'. From which college to choose, which job to take, or the best hangout spot on a Friday night. They most certainly think they know everything there is to know about sex whether they are having it or not. Yet, when asked to produce the facts about STDs they give a blank stare like they forgot about a pop quiz in English class.
So, are you afraid of being left in the dark?
It's time to ditch the dark and learn these truths about STDs:
- 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur each year with half of them among young people ages 15–24.
- One out of every four sexually active female teen has an STD.
- More cases of syphilis were reported on females between the ages of 20–29 than any other age group in Florida.
- Approximately 23 percent of all new HIV diagnoses are among young people ages 13–24.
- Three out of every four reported STD cases in Florida were in the 15–29 age range.
- 58 percent of reported STD cases in Florida were under the age of 25.
- One out of every 20 persons with a reportable STD in Florida is co-infected with HIV.
- An estimated one in six Americans ages 14–49 have genital herpes infection and up to 90 percent of them don't even know they have it.
- Floridians between the ages of 15–24 represented only 13 percent of Florida's population in 2015, but accounted for 64 percent of reported cases of Chlamydia infections.
- Some young people, including those who have had abstinence education, consider oral and anal sex to be abstinent behaviors and do not realize these behaviors present risks to STD transmission.
Don't be in the dark about your health. Talk to your partner and health care provider about risk factors and safer sex methods to reduce your chances of getting an STD. Make an appointment for STD testing and step into the light!