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Prevent STIs

Sexually active adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) and young adults (20- to 24-year-olds) are at higher risk for getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. Women bear long term effects, including pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Young people aged 13-29 accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections in 2009.

Free Condoms Available

Free condoms are available in 154 University Health Services (UHS). Latex male and female condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of some sexually transmitted diseases.

Quick Tips

  • Comprehensive testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also be done upon the patient's request at UHS.
  • If you are a female age 26 or younger, getting checked for HPV can help to prevent cervical cancer.
  • If you are a sexually active female 25 years or younger, get tested every year for chlamydia and other STDs.
  • If you are diagnosed with an STI, notify your sex partners so that they also can be tested and receive treatment if necessary. If your sex partner is diagnosed with an STI, it is important for you to be evaluated, tested, and treated.
  • The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases,  including HIV, are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a uninfected partner. 

Find out more about healthy and safety issues for college students at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.