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Connecticut: State Health Officials Recommend Testing for STDs

April 23, 2012

The week of April 22 is designated Connecticut STD Testing Week, and state Department of Public Health officials are urging sexually active residents to get screened. One in four U.S. adults will have an STD at some point in their lifetime, said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen.

"People who are infected may unknowingly spread the disease and infect their partner," Mullen said in a news release.

Last year, Connecticut logged 16,135 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis -- the three top STDs reported. Young women, African Americans, men who have sex with men, and the poor are at highest risk for STDs. Residents ages 15-24 account for nearly half of the state's infections.

The state staffs several clinics where STD tests are offered at no cost; parental consent is not required for patients 13 and older. For more information, including a list of clinics, telephone 860-509-7920 or visit www.ct.gov/dph/std.

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Adapted from:
Hartford Courant
04.20.2012; William Weir, Give 'em Health blog


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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