It’s STD Awareness Month! 1 in 2 Sexually Active People Will Get An STD By Age 25

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Did you know that one in two sexually active people will get an STD by the time their 25th birthday rolls around — and most won’t know it? That’s why April is STD Awareness Month — to spread awareness about protection, testing, treating and curing STDs.

It’s Your (Sex) Life can answer your Q’s about sex, including what works and what doesn’t for protection. For example, (and this is important) condoms and female condoms are the only forms of protection that can work both as birth control and as a way to prevent you from getting STDs. If you’ve already had sex, Get Yourself Tested (GYT) is here to encourage you to get tested so you know your status.

1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by age 25. And most won’t know it. The only way to know if you or anyone else has an STD (including HIV) is to Get Yourself Tested. STDs are really common. And most have no signs or symptoms. Think you can tell by looking — if you or someone else has an STD? Think again. 1 in 5 people living with HIV in the US doesn’t know they have it. And if someone with an STD/HIV is having unprotected sex, they risk passing it on. So know your status and get yourself tested this April for STD Awareness Month. The good news — all STDs are treatable and many are curable. And use protection each and every time you have sex.

Don’t know where to go? Just plug your zip in at the GYT site, or text it to GYTNOW, and you’ll be supplied with your closest testing center. Check out It’s Your (Sex) Life and GYT to keep yourself protected, and come back to MTV Act for more STD Awareness Month updates throughout April.

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