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.
HALF of all sexually active young people will get an STD before the age of 25. Most will not know it. Even if you haven't experienced any symptoms, you may still need to get tested.
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.
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.
At New Beginnings Center of Hope, sexual health is more than just the results of testing and a stringent birth control regimen.
Our caring professional counselors understand the private nature and complexities of sexual health issues. That's why we offer free counseling, sexual health education, and interactive educational opportunities that will help you achieve your overall health goals.
We are here for you with compassionate care and a safe, confidential place to talk about relationships and sexual health.
New Beginnings does not provide STD testing, but we can talk about your results and give accurate medical information on STDs/STIs and talk about how to avoid risks to your sexual health.