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California: April Is STD Awareness Month

April 3, 2014

This article was reported by Daily Press.

The Daily Press reported that California's San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will focus on a campaign to encourage people in the community to get tested and treated for STDs throughout April, which is STD Awareness Month. Public health officials documented more than 13,000 new STD diagnoses in the county in 2013, most of which were in young adults and teens under the age of 25. Several STDs can cause infertility in women and increase risk of HIV transmission in both men and women. "STDs pose a serious public health threat to county residents, particularly adolescents and young adults," said Meaghan Ellis, Community Health Services and Health Center director for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. "Many STDs often have no signs or symptoms, but can be effectively treated once diagnosed." The campaign goal is to urge people to get tested, treated, and stay STD free. Some locations offer free HIV testing. For additional information, contact the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health at (800) 722-4777.

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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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