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April is STD Awareness Month

April 10, 2018

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County encourages everyone to Get Yourself Tested - #GYT. STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise.  Recent CDC data for three nationally-reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—show staggering numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006.

Young people ages 15–24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men continue to be at greatest risk for infection. According to the CDC, individual risk behaviors aren’t the only cause. Environmental, social, and cultural factors, including high numbers of STD cases in these populations and difficulty accessing quality health care, contribute to the higher STD burden.

There are steps each person can take to minimize the negative, long-term consequences of these infections.

If someone has questions about STDs, call (813) 307-8058.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @DOHHillsborough and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.