Indiana encouraging STD awareness discussions


The Indiana State Health Department is encouraging Hoosiers to discuss prevention and testing for sexually transmitted diseases this month.

April is National STD Awareness Month. State Health Commissioner William VanNess says STDs are responsible for several health problems such as infertility and low birth weight.

STDs can be spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex, and having an STD can make you more likely to get HIV. STDs can also be passed to babies before, during or after birth. Condoms can reduce the risk of STD transmission.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are of particular concern in Indiana. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the state and is most often found in the 15- to 24-year-old population. Most people affected do not have symptoms.

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