Sexually Transmitted Infections

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The only way to find out if you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is to get tested. 

STIs are very common: there are more than 19 million new cases every year in the United States. Did you know that 1 in 2 sexually active young adults will get an STI by the age of 25, and most will not know it? The good news is that all STIs are treatable and some are even curable.

Consider these facts:
  • Many STIs have no symptoms. You can't tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them. 
  • By the age of 25, roughly one in two sexually active people will get an STI.  
  • Only about 50 percent of college students use condoms during vaginal sex, even fewer with oral or anal sex.
  • College students under the influence of alcohol are the ones least likely to use adequate protection from STIs

Q: How do I know if I have a sexually transmitted infection?

A:
  • The only 100% way to be sure is to get tested, because many STIs do not show any symptoms. 
  • If you do have symptoms, you may notice unusual discharge, itching, sores, pain during sex, rash, or a fever. 
  • It is possible to get a STI without having vaginal intercourse. Not all STIs are spread in the same way. 

Q: How can I prevent sexually transmitted infections? 

A:
  • Use condoms consistently and correctly. Health Promotion offers FREE condoms and barriers!
  • Engage in abstinence for oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • Get vaccinated against HPV and Hepatitis 
  • Reduce number of sexual partners
  • Get tested after each new partner, and always know your status 

Common types of sexually transmitted infections

Do you know the different types of STI's? Which ones are curable or which ones are most common among college students? Click each link to find out more!