April is STD Awareness Month Educate yourself about herpes

std-awareness-monthApril is STD Awareness Month and with it comes both good and bad news. On the downside, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. The upside is infections are preventable, so if you are thinking about, or already having, sex, you need to understand what you can do to avoid infection.

The CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new STD infections occur annually, with almost half of them occurring in young people 15 to 24 years old. In fact, one in two sexually active young people in the U.S. will contract an STD by the time they’re 25 — and most won’t know it. That’s why it is important to “GYT” at least annually, and more often if you or your partner participate in risky behaviors.

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. Most people with the virus don’t have symptoms. It is important to know that even without signs of the disease, it can still spread to sexual partners.

Genital herpes is common in the United States. In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes. Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet

If you have herpes, you need to be up front about it. Let the person you are interested in make the decision about whether you are right or wrong for them. It can be a deal-breaker, and you risk losing them and all the time and effort you have invested in the relationship.

You can also choose to date people with herpes at online herpes dating sites.  You will meet lots of people who have went through the same problem around you. Be around other people in the same struggle might be helpful.

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