STD Awareness month: Talk, Test, Treat
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This article waslast modified on April 6, 2021.

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April is STD Awareness Month

This STD Awareness Month, Lab Tests Online is drawing attention to the importance of STD testing.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that new cases of the three most common nationally-reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, have risen to record highs in the U.S. Notably, new cases for all three infections have been setting records since 2013.

Because chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis infections can have no noticeable signs and symptoms, many cases go undiagnosed. Antibiotics can cure all three of these STDs. But without treatment, syphilis can cause lifelong health problems or even lead to death. Untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and can lead to infertility in women. Importantly, the presence of STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea can increase the risk of getting HIV.

Anyone who is sexually active can get an STD, but taking steps to protect yourself can significantly reduce the chance of infection. Such steps include limiting the number of sex partners and using condoms consistently and correctly. Talking openly with sex partners about STDs and getting tested—and completing treatment right away for you and your partner if positive—are also important ways to help prevent re-infection and spread of STDs.

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