Sexual Health Information
It's Your Future. Be Informed.
STDS, STIS and your health
Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 20 million new STD infections and nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people ages 15 to 24. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STD, no matter what form of birth control you use.
Even if you haven't experienced any symptoms, you may still need to get tested.
when should I get tested?
You need to get tested if:
you've recently had unprotected sex
you've had a change in partners
you have experienced itching or burning in your pelvic area
you are pregnant
you have scheduled an abortion
You may need to get tested even if you have no symptoms or consistently use a condom. Sex always carries the risks of STIs and STDs, even oral and anal sex.
CONTRACEPTIVES + SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE
Condoms reduce the risk of contracting some STDs, but they do not provide full protection. Many people are misinformed and think that condoms or other barrier methods eliminate the risk completely. Learn more about how you can protect yourself from risks to your health and your future.
At New Beginnings Center of Hope, sexual health is more than just the results of testing.
Our caring professional consultants understand the private nature and complexities of sexual health issues. That's why NBCOH offers free sexual health education and interactive educational opportunities that will help you achieve your overall health goals. In addition MCPS offers referrals for STI testing and treatment.
We are here for you with compassionate care and a safe, confidential place to talk about relationships and sexual health.
New Beginnings and My Choice Pregnancy Services do not provide STD testing, but we can talk about your results and give medical information on STDs/STIs and talk about how to avoid risks to your sexual health.