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STDS, STIS and your health
Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 20 million new STD infections, and nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people ages 15 to 24. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STD, no matter what form of birth control you use.
An estimated half of all sexually active unmarried people will get an STD before the age of 25. Many people who are infected don't know they are. Even if you haven't experienced any symptoms, you may still need to get tested.
CONTRACEPTIVES + SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE
Condoms reduce the risk of contracting some STDs, but they do not provide full protection. Many people are misinformed and think that condoms or other barrier methods eliminate the risk completely. Learn more about how you can protect yourself from risks to your health and your future. If you think you may be pregnant or are pregnant, we provide free limited STI testing.
when should I get tested?
You need to get tested if:
you've recently had unprotected sex
you've had a change in partners
you have experienced itching or burning in your pelvic area
you are pregnant
you have scheduled an abortion
You may need to get tested even if you have no symptoms or consistently use a condom. Sex always carries the risks of STIs and STDs, even oral and anal sex.