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.