HUMP DAY ARTICLE: STD FACTS
Health class, conversations on campus, and awkward conversations with parents have all led to one conclusion: “USE PROTECTION. HAVE SAFE SEX. STDS ARE SCARY AND BAD.” True, it is very important to protect yourself from STDs (sexually transmitted diseases; also referred to as STIs). But in order to be responsible adults, we all need to take the extra step to learn about STDs- how common they are, and who is at risk. The article below is entitled “11 Facts about Teens and STIs.” Many students may not be teenagers, but the information provided here is still relevant and useful.
Here are a few facts that stuck out to me:
- People age 15-24 account for 50% of all new STIs.
- Roughly 75% of all reported gonorrhea is found in people age 15 to 29, with some of the highest infection rates found in men age 20-24.
- The U.S. has the highest rate of STD infection in the industrialized world.
- Less than half of adults age 18 to 44 have ever been tested for an STD other than HIV/AIDS.
- New estimates show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year.
If you want to be tested, think you may have an STD, or just have questions, feel free visit Mary Walker Health Center! They can even refer you to OCO (Oswego County Opportunities) if they would better suit your needs. They’re all awesome people. And, of course, the Lifestyles Center is always here with information and resources.
Stay smart, stay safe, and stay healthy!
Elana Ginsburg, Lifestyles Center Intern
Katy Osborn, Peer Educator