What You Need to Know About STDs Now

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  • Are You STD Savvy?
  • African-Americans and the STD Epidemic
  • Most STDs Show No Symptoms
  • STDs Are Not Always Linked to Promiscuity
  • Condoms Don’t Protect You From All STDs
  • Not All STDs Are Curable
  • You Need to Get Tested and Treated, Seriously
  • Untreated STDs Make You Vulnerable to HIV Infection
  • Unprotected Oral Sex Is Risky, Too
  • You Can Have More Than One STD in a Lifetime

African-Americans and the STD Epidemic

Past data has shown that African-Americans — adults, young people and teens — have higher rates of STDs compared to their white and Latino counterparts. We account for 35 percent of all chlamydia, 48 percent of syphilis and 68 percent of gonorrhea diagnoses. 

 

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