Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness

As the close of STI/STD Awareness Month approaches, Project Silk would like to acknowledge that sexual health can be an integral component of an individual’s overall wellness. We provide support at our community space for safer sex practices, dialogue with intimate partners, and medical advocacy during annual health screenings. Please read the statement below from our Sexual Health Support Specialist, Dalen Hooks:

Here at project silk we offer HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis testing on site. If tested positive for any of these STD’s, we can link you to medical care for treatment.

· STDs are usually spread through sexual contact with someone who has an STD. Sexual contact includes oral, anal, and vaginal sex, as well as genital skin-to-skin contact.

· In most cases these STD’S can be asymptomatic in woman and sometimes in men. For example, seventy percent of women with chlamydia don’t have symptoms.

· Some STDs (like gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) can be cured with medication. If you are ever treated for an STD, be sure to finish all of your medicine, even if you feel better. Your partner should be tested and treated, too. It is important to remember that you are at risk for the same or a new STD every time you have unprotected sex (not using a condom) and/or have sex with someone who has an STD.

· Genital sores, such as those caused by Syphilis, can make individuals more susceptible to acquiring HIV.

· HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and it has been linked to causing certain forms of cancer. Vaccinations are recommended for all children ages 11 or 12 years, however, they are available for females up to age 26 and males up to 21 years.

#GYT campaign:
www.itsyoursexlife.com/

Get Yourself Tested downloadable materials:
http://npin.cdc.gov/STDAwareness/GYT_Materials.aspx