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STD Awareness Month

Waterloo (KWWL) - April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is joining a national campaign called Get Yourself Tested to help young people understand the risks of STD's, and talk about sexual health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19 million STD infections occur each year in the U.S., half in young people.

Roughly one out of every six teens in Iowa has an STD. Lack of information and social stigma can keep people from getting tested, but the Department of Health says it's worth it in the long run.

 

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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