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April is STD awareness month

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The Iowa Department of Public Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control to recognize April as Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month.

Both nationally, and in the state of Iowa, more than half of new STD cases are in people ages 15 and 24. In Iowa, the two most common STDs are chlamydia and gonorrhea.

"Testing is often the only way a person will know they are infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea because both infections often have no symptoms," said George Walton, Iowa Department of Public Health STD Program Manager. "Sexually active persons under the age of 25 should be tested on at least an annual basis. If these infections are untreated, there can be serious complications. That's why screening is so important."

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of STDs  can help an individual avoid long-term health complications.

Information on testing locations can be found here.

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