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Get Tested for STDs in April, 2010

March 31, 2010

Tacoma - You could have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and not know it. STDs often have no symptoms, so many people who are infected don't know it and give the disease to someone else.

This year Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department encourages everyone who is sexually active and over the age of 14 to get tested. Of the approximately 19 million cases of new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections or STIs) that occur every year in the United States, most will go undiagnosed according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lack of information, misconceptions and social stigma keep many people from getting tested. Others may mistakenly believe they have been tested as part of general health care.

Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, two of the most common STDs, is easier than ever before with many clinics now offering urine-based tests. Rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes after a medical provider takes a sample by swabbing inside your mouth.

Diagnosis and treatment of STDs is critical to safeguarding personal health, fostering sexual responsibility and addressing the wider STD epidemic. Make a date this month to find out if you have an STD. Here's useful information about STDs. (

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