“Get Yourself Tested” STD Awareness Campaign

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, photo, lab workers test marijuana samples at Cannalysis, a cannabis testing laboratory, in Santa Ana, Calif. Nearly 20 percent of the marijuana and marijuana products tested in California for potency and purity have failed, according to state data provided to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

According to The CDC half of all sexually transmitted diseases are in people under the age of 25.

Health officials in Michigan are encouraging young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV to protect their health and the health of their partners.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are the three most common STDs and their rates are surging across the United States.

In 2017, there were more than 2 million cases of the three most common STDs, which was the fourth year in a row that STD rates had shown an increase.

Between 2013 and 2017, syphilis cases nearly doubled, gonorrhea cases increased by 67 percent, and chlamydia cases remained at record highs.

If left untreated, chlamydia can make it difficult or impossible for a woman to get pregnant and having herpes or gonorrhea can increase the chances of getting HIV.

The good news is that all STDs, even HIV, are treatable, and most are curable. Getting tested early allows the person to take action to protect their health and the health of their partner or partners.

The Get Yourself Tested campaign encourages young people to understand that STD testing is quick, simple, and usually painless.

The campaign highlights the importance of having open and honest conversations with healthcare providers about sexual history to ensure the right STD tests are administered and other critical information about prevention.

The CDC even provides suggestions including that all adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV. All sexually active women younger than 25 should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year as well as women 25 and older with multiple partners or a sex partner who has an STD.

Additionally the CDC recommends all pregnant women should be tested for hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV starting early in their pregnancy as well as chlamydia and gonorrhea for at risk women. Testing should be repeated as needed to protect the health of mothers and their infants.

STD testing isn’t just for women, the CDC recommends all men who have sex with men should be tested at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

Men who have multiple or anonymous partners should be tested more frequently such as every three to six months including HIV testing.

Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles should get tested for HIV at least once a year.

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