Did you know that STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are common and rates are increasing in California and across the U.S.? Half of sexually active teens and young adults will get an STD before their 25th birthday—and many of them have no idea because most STDs have no symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can lead to some long-term health problems, including infertility.
Using barriers during any type of sexual activity is a good idea to protect yourself and your partner against STDs. BUT, if you don’t always use condoms, take these steps to get yourself tested.
There are tons of teen-friendly clinics that offer FREE + CONFIDENTIAL STD tests without judgment.
Finding a clinic near you is as easy as 1-2-3.
- Enter your Zip Code & how far you’re willing to travel
- Click the clinic you like the best
- Make an Appointment
HINT, HINT: Going to the clinic doesn’t have to be something you do alone. Go together with your partner, or bring a friend along. Knowledge and health are power!
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This blog was reposted from TeenSource.org, a project of Essential Access Health. TeenSource.org is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.