With any sexual contact comes the risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), also commonly known as a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Teens are especially at risk – about half of the 20,000 new STI cases each year affect people ages 15-24. If caught early, some STIs are curable with antibiotics or other prescriptions and pose little to no long-term health risk.
HPV vaccination is another important tool – for both boys and girls! The HPV vaccine does more than just prevent an STD – it prevents cancer later in life.
For all STDs, the magical prevention combo is condoms (or dental dams) + testing + treatment if something shows up. Talk to your teen about how using this magic combo will help them stay healthy.
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