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 and other 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 healthcare spending in both the public and private sector.
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. And, they most certainly think they know everything there is to know about sex whether they are having it or not. But, when asked to produce the facts about STDs they give the 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:
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 changes of getting an STD. Make an appointment for STD testing and step into the light!