According to Stanford
University’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, 1 in
4 college students have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). And, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention note that although people ages 15-24 represent only 25% of the
sexually active population, they account for more than half of the new STD
diagnoses each year.
When asked, most students say they would know if they had an
STI, but unfortunately, they’d be wrong. The truth is
many of STIs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of people infected, or
they have mild symptoms that can be easily overlooked, but may progress over time
to cause serious health problems.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new
partner (or more than one partner), or for any reason are worried you have been
exposed to an STI, talk to your healthcare provider at The Ashe Center about these leading common STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV,
herpes, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis.