Sexually Transmitted Diseases. What is sex?. Anytime another person’s genitals becomes involved, some form of sex has occurred. Each type of sexual activity puts you at risk for STDs. Sex is sex. Iredell County has over 320 teens that get pregnant each year
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
What is abstinence?
Why is being abstinent a good idea?
How far is too far?
Where is your line?
At what step does a person stop being abstinent and start being sexually active?
There are 2 kinds of STDs
Bacterial: we can CURE
Viral: there is NO CURE
There are 2 ways STDs get into your body
Through sexual fluids
Semen (fluid in males)
Vaginal Fluids (females)
Breast Milk (HIV)
Through skin contact
The disease lives in the skin of one person and passes to another persons skin through sexual contact
STD testing is not perfect, some STDs will not have signs or symptoms (something that tells you that you are sick), just because someone looks okay on the outside does not mean they are STD free.
If you have never been sexually active with anyone you do not have to worry about STDs today
Be aware that if you ever do decide to do anything sexual, STDs are a risk to your health
If you have ever done anything sexual with another person you may have an STD
You need to talk to your doctor, school nurse, or school counselor about being tested for these diseases
Contraceptives are devices and medication that help lower the chance that a girl will get pregnant
Sperm are so small that enough to populate the entire world would fit inside a thimble.
*Typical use refers to failure rates for those whose use is not consistent or always correct.
**Perfect use refers to failure rates for those whose use is consistent and always correct.
To be tested for STDs
Your doctor can test you for STDs
Your doctor will charge you for the visit
Local health clinics such as the Health Department can test you for STDs
There is no charge at health clinics or Health Departments
To receive Birth Control
Your doctor can prescribe birth control for you following an exam
There would be a fee for the medicine and for the office visit
Local health clinics or the Health Department offers free Birth Control to teenagers following an free exam
Iredell County Health Department (704) 878-5300, (704) 664-5281