During the month of April, health officials around the country are working to raise awareness of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.
Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says most STDs can be treated, but they can also have a big impact on a person’s health, including infertility in adults or low birth weight in newborns. They can also lead to more serious diseases like HIV. That’s why it’s important to get tested.
Dr. Adams encourages all Hoosiers to get tested for HIV and other diseases at least once in their lifetime. However, those who are engaged in high-risk behavior like needle sharing and unprotected sex are urged to get tested every two to three months.
The Indiana State Department of Health says half of all new sexually transmitted infections occur among youths, raising the need for more discussion on prevention efforts.
For more information, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website.