If You’re Sexually Active, Get Tested! April is STD Awareness Month

Did you know that every 97 seconds a California teenager is infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?  Did you know that one in two sexually active young people will get a STD by the age of 25, and most won’t know it because they have no symptoms?
Because of the serious consequences of STDs, April has been designated as STD Awareness Month.  Getting tested for STDs is imperative for those who are sexually active, as is discussing sexual health with healthcare providers and sex partners.
In Alameda County, STD rates are above the state’s average in some areas of Oakland and in most of East Oakland.  Females of color between the ages of 15 and 24 who live in East Oakland suffer the greatest burden of disease.
Upcoming STD Awareness activities sponsored by Alameda County Public Health for the period April 21 through May 27 includes the Alameda County Public Health Division of Communicable Disease and Youth Radio that will launch a 6-week Get Yourself Tested (for STDs) Social Media Campaign aimed primarily at sexually active East Oakland youth ages 15-24.  Youth who get tested and refer partner(s) receive an iTunes or Amazon Gift card made possible with CA Family Health Council funding.