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      STI Prevention Always Important, Especially on Valentine's Day

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      Knowledge about sexually transmitted infections continues to increase as medical knowledge advances.

      The majority of STIs either do not produce anysymptoms or signs, or they produce symptoms so mild that they are unnoticed;consequently, many infected persons do not know that they need medical care.It may take years for a person to become aware of a health problem related to STIs.

        The CDC estimates that there are 110 million STIs across thenation currently with approximately 20 million new infections diagnosed eachyear. Young people ages 15-24 represent 50 percent of all new STIs in the U.S. with theremainder in adults 24 years and older.

        Accordingto the CDC, people aged 50 and older accounted for 15 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

        Statistics from DHHS-NE/Kaiser Foundation in 2010 show:

        • Chlamydia- 158 cases (Two Rivers Public Health District); 5,114 cases (Nebraska)
        • Gonorrhea- 14cases (Two Rivers Public Health District); 1,187 cases (Nebraska)
        • Syphilis- 1case (Two Rivers Public Health District); 33 cases (Nebraska)

        To reduce your risk of contracting an STI:

        1. Get yourselvestested,
        2. Use a condom,
        3. Talk about yourSTI status before you have sex,
        4. Age does notgrant immunity from STI,
        5. Practice monogamy or limit your sexual partners, and
        6. If you think you have been exposed to an STI gettreatment.

        See your medical provideror contact Nebraska AIDS Project to be tested. Nebraska AIDS Project providesfree, confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling with resultsavailable the same day.

        NAP is located at 11 W. Railroad, and is open Monday through Friday by appointment. Call 308.338.0527.

          Central Health Center accepts walk-inappointments for STD testing/treatment. They are located at 4503 2nd Ave Ste 209. Call (308) 234-9140 or toll free at (888) 308-2135 for more information.

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