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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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As part of Florida’s Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, the Sexually Transmitted Disease and Viral Hepatitis Section’s mission is to reduce the number of new sexually transmissible disease (STD) infections and prevent disease related complications by promoting sexual health education, identifying diseases early, providing timely treatment, implementing partner services, and collaborating with public and private partners.

HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, and TB remain among the leading causes of morbidity and death in Florida especially among at-risk populations.

STDs During Pregnancy, Get the Facts:

Pregnant women and women who think they may be pregnant need to be tested for STDs and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), as part of prenatal care. Women infected with an STD during pregnancy, left untreated, could experience serious complications, possibly even life-threatening for both mother and baby. It is important to be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and during pregnancy and it is equally important to notify sex partner(s) to be tested and treated to prevent reinfection.

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Are You In The Dark About STDs?

Young adults pride themselves in knowing it all — choosing the right college; selecting a career path; finding the best hangouts; and thinking they know everything about sex whether they’ve had it or not. Yet, ask young adults about STDs and their “know-it-all” persona falters, they usually have more questions than answers and are in the dark about the realities of STDs.

Are You in the Dark About STDs?

 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!