For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 13, 2018
Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in state and nation
San Rafael, CA – In honor of Valentine’s Day, Marin County has adopted a resolution proclaiming National Condom Week. Health officials want to remind anyone who is sexually active to discuss sexual health with a primary care provider, get screened regularly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and use condoms to reduce the risk of STD transmission.
Having an untreated STD increases the risk of spreading the infection to another sex partner as well as increases the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, infertility problems, long-term pelvic/abdominal pain, and complications in pregnancy. Regular STD testing, decreasing the number of sex partners, and using condoms reduces the risk of STD transmission.
“STD testing should be part of everyone’s health routine as long as they are sexually active, especially for adolescents and young adults,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “National statistics say that one in two young adults will get an STD before age 25. Condoms remain an extremely effective way to protect yourself from STDs and to prevent unintended pregnancy.”
Condoms have been used for centuries for STD prevention and birth control. Condoms are cost effective and should be made available and accessible. Medical providers can also prescribe condoms as part of routine health exams.
STDs are preventable and treatable. The following steps can help everyone reduce risk:
It can be common to have an STD without experiencing any symptoms.
If you are sexually active, talk to your provider about being screened for STDs. Most STDs can be treated quickly and effectively. There are also programs that help those without insurance get tested free of charge.
For more information about STDs in California, visit the California Department of Public Health website. For more information about where to get tested in Marin County, visit the Marin HHS website.
Dr. Lisa SantoraDeputy Public Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Lisa SantoraMarin HHS website