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Spread the Word About STD Prevention


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. 

Protect Yourself

  • 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.
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