CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- According to the CDC*, there are 19 million new cases of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) reported to health officials each year.
- Many people with STDs do not have any symptoms. Unfortunately, STDs can be passed onto others even when an infected person has no symptoms.
- Even if a condom is used 100% of the time there is still a risk for both STDs and pregnancy. It is very uncommon for condoms to be used 100% of the time and to be used correctly every time. **
- The majority of STDs are caused by either a virus or bacteria. Most STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured, yet some may in time clear up on their own. Antibiotics can cure many, but not all STDs caused by bacteria.
- Women are more likely to become infected with STDs than men. Long term complications in women can include infertility, problems in pregnancy, and cancer of the cervix. Many STDs can be passed onto babies during childbirth if the woman has a current infection.
- STDs can bring serious long-term effects on a person’s health, well-being, and life span. Science tells us that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid STDs and their long-term effects.
- Most local county health clinics offer free STD screening. The PRC offers screening for our current patients.
For more information about where to go for STD screening please call our office at 804.673.2020.