Education that’s important to everyone.
While many people do not want to believe that they could contract an STI, it is a very real threat especially on a college campus that is known for partying.
The Center for Disease Control estimates 19 million new infections of Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Chlamydia each year. It is also estimated that cases of these infections cost our healthcare system $17 billion every year. This doesn’t even include out-of-pocket cost for individuals.
On to even scarier statistics, an article in Pediatrics Digest the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States is HPV the virus that causes genital warts. HPV can also cause cervical cancer in women. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition over 4,000 women die each year from the disease.
So what can you do?
Use protection. Get tested. Avoid using alcohol or other drugs which can cause you to engage in risky behaviors.
Places in Pullman to get tested:
Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2793&a=0&v=details
If you’re attending Washington State University you can also take advantages of Health and Wellness Services. http://hws.wsu.edu/Default.asp
Other health services:
Palouse Medical P.S.:http://www.palousemedical.com/
Moscow/Pullman OB/GYN: http://www.moscowpullmanobgyn.com/
Pullman Family Medicine: http://www.moscowpullmanobgyn.com/