This is Connecticut Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing Week and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging people who are sexually active to consider their sexual health and get tested for STDs.
According to the health department, one in four adults in the U.S. will acquire an STD in their lifetime. Most STDs have no signs or symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have a disease.
STDs pose a significant public health threat to Americans – particularly young women, African
Americans, men who have sex with men, and individuals living in poverty or with limited access
to healthcare. Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to STDs. In fact, young
people between 15 and 24 years of age account for nearly half of all STD cases.
Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United
States. Last year, there were 16,135 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in
Connecticut. Health officials said that untreated STDs can lead to serious health complications,
Several public STD clinics throughout Connecticut offer STD testing and treatment free of
charge. People who would like to be tested for STDs should contact their local public clinic to
see if they offer services at no charge. Anyone who is 13 years of age or older can be tested and
treated for STDs confidentially and without parental consent.
People who test positive for an STD should notify their partners so that they can be tested and
treated as well. There are confidential programs in place to assist with partner notification.
For a list of clinics or information about partner notification, visit the DPH Sexually Transmitted
Diseases Control Program website at www.ct.gov/dph/std or call 860-509-7920.