Dont Guess. Get a Test.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) often have NO symptoms, or can masquerade as other things. You may have an STD and not know it. That’s why we say, “Don’t guess. Get a test.”
Get the Facts.
There are more than 20 million new STD cases per year. Half of all new STD infections are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STD and gonorrhea the second. Rates have been increasing nationally and locally for three years in a row. Two-thirds of all reported gonorrhea and chlamydia cases in suburban Cook County are between 15 and 24 years old.
Anyone who is having sex
can get an STD.
STDs can be passed from one person to another through anal, oral or vaginal sex, or direct skin-to-skin contact. If you’ve ever had anal, oral or vaginal sex, continue reading to learn how to protect yourself and others.
If you are 12 years old or older you do not need parental consent to be tested or treated for an
STD. However, if you are able to speak with your parent(s) or a trusted adult, that is recommended.