The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the CDC in recognizing April as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness month. Both nationally and in Iowa, more than half of all new STD diagnoses are among people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most common STDs reported in Iowa. Last year, young adults accounted for 70 percent of reported chlamydia cases and 58 percent of reported gonorrhea cases in Iowa.
“Testing is often the only way a person will know they are infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea because both infections often have no symptoms,” said George Walton, IDPH STD Program Manager. “Sexually active persons under the age of 25 should be tested on at least an annual basis. If these infections are untreated, there can be serious complications. That’s why screening is so important.” Prompt diagnosis and treatment of STDs can help an individual avoid long-term health complications.
For more information on STD Awareness Month, please visit CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/Features/STDAwareness/. Information on testing locations may be found at http://hivtest.cdc.gov/STDTesting.aspx.