April is STD Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity for individuals, doctors, and community-based organizations to address ways to prevent some of the nearly 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) that occur in the United States each year.
- The total cost of treating STD/STIs contracted in just one year is $16 Billion.
- Nearly ½ of all new STD/STI each year are among people ages 15-24.
- You cannot tell by looking at someone if they are infected with HIV. If you’re sexually active, your best bet is for you and your partner(s) to get tested.
- Abstinence is only 100% effective way (so not having sex)
- Barrier methods are devices that serve as a physical barrier(s) between sperm & egg (pregnancy) and/or foreign pathogens (STD/STIs) when having sex. Examples include male & female condoms, dental dams, plastic wrap, diaphragm and cervical caps.
- Condoms, if used consistently and correctly, are 98% effective for preventing unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of most sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Use lube to make barrier method use feel better and also to reduce the chance that the barrier method will tear or break.
Resources to Know About on Campus
- Free condoms, lubricant & dental dams are available at any GatorWell location, including the health hut and GatorWell at Jennings and Springs Complex.
- Free confidential HIV testing for UF students is available on campus at the GatorWell main office (352-273-4450) by appointment only. HIV testing , as well as other STI testing (including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis), is also available at the Student Health Care Center (352-294-7465), Planned Parenthood of North Florida (352-377-0881) and at the Alachua County Health Department (352-334-7960). Depending on the site, pricing ranges from free to fees determined by a sliding scale fee or based on insurance.