Happy Valentine’s Day – A Safer Sex Reminder

By Rachel Walden |

Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! Seems like a good time to revisit the topic of safer sex and sexually transmitted infections!

The CDC just released a new , indicating that there are about 20 million new infections each year, and that young people (ages 15-24) account for about half of these.

In its report, CDC provided the following recommendations for women for STI screening:

  • All adults and adolescents should be tested at least once for HIV.
  • Annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women age 25 and under, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners.
  • Yearly gonorrhea screening for at-risk sexually active women (e.g., those with new or multiple sex partners, and women who live in communities with a high burden of disease).
  • Syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women at the first prenatal visit, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.
  • Trichomoniasis screening should be conducted at least annually for all HIV-infected women.

Have questions about sex, sexuality, STIs or related topics? Beloved sex-ed site Scarleteen has just launched a new feature, providing anonymous live chats with Scarleteen staff and volunteers. The , which tackles all kinds of questions about sex, is an amazing resource for young people.


  1. Dana says:

    Great information on when to get tested and how often, I think people get a test and then they think they are safe forever. Great facts sheets and information! D

  2. Wonderful information. Bravo. Here is a haiku from my med school days:

    Valentine’s Night

    working a shift

    at the VD clinic

    Love yourself enough to protect yourself. Respect yourself and others will, too.

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