MTV and Planned Parenthood have teamed up this month to raise awareness for STDs and the importance of getting tested. Every person in the US who is sexually active is at-risk for contracting an STD. Every year, over 19 million Americans are infected with an STD. By the age of twenty-five, one in two sexually active people will have contracted an STD.
The bad news? Often STDs don't have any manifested symptoms, and infected people often have no idea they have anything. The long-term effects of these diseases on women and men can range from increased risk for certain types of cancer to infertility. The good news? You can get tested and treated if you contract an STD. Every single STD is treatable, and some can be completely cured.
Don't forget to talk to your partner about getting tested and the proper ways to protect yourselves from contracting STDs in the first place. It may sound like an awkward conversation to have, but you'll be glad you did when you can rest assured that your sex life is safe, happy, and STD-free. If you still feel nervous about bringing it up, here are some videos to help you think about the right way to approach the conversation.
Ready to get tested but you're not sure where to go? This Website lets you type in your zipcode to locate the testing center nearest you. So what are you waiting for? Get Yourself Tested.