STD Awareness Week

What is STD Awareness Week?

STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in April, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives, reduce fear of seeking medical care, and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

What’s an STI/STD?

STD Stands for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which can be contracted through any type of sexual activity. STDs are also referred to as STI or Sexually Transmitted Infections. The infection statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Detection, one in five people have an STI and 26 million new STIs were detected in 2018. Youth are the most affected by these statistics.

Some of the more common STDs are

· Chlamydia

· Gonorrhea

· Syphilis

· Herpes

· HIV

· HPR

· Bacterial Vaginosis

· Trichomonas

· Candida

Have additional questions? Click here for our STI/STD fact sheet.

The Importance of STI/STD Testing

If you have been sexually active, it is important to get tested. This means vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Any sexual activity puts you at risk, especially unprotected sex. Many Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Infections do not have symptoms until damage to your body has already been done.

Reasons for STI/STD Testing

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested.

Most women and men never get tested because they have no symptoms or don’t realize how common STDs are. For women considering abortion or who receive a negative pregnancy test, untreated STDs can affect your future reproductive health.

You or your partner might not even know you have an STD. You can get an STD from having sex with someone who has no symptoms.

How can Alternatives Help?

We offer FREE STD testing and treatment for women and men. We test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, which are two of the most common STD’s. A consultation with our nurse and a simple urine test we will send to be tested can provide the answers you need. Request an appointment below to request an appointment for free testing, so that you can be sure about your health!

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 18). STI prevalence, incidence, and cost estimates. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved April 8, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm