Spring fever: April is STI Awareness Month

The month of April is dedicated to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI). While practicing safe sex is important year round, sexually active people can help spread awareness this month through various initiatives put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Part of the CDC's campaign is focused on STI testing. The "Get Yourself Tested Campaign" is supported by MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, among other groups. Individuals are urged to visit a local health clinic to receive testing for STIs such as chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea or hepatitis.

In addition, the CDC has posted several brochures and statistics pages that can help adults better understand STIs and ways to prevent them.

The health organization's Condom Fact Sheet in Brief states that several laboratory studies have shown that "condoms provide an effective barrier against even the smallest [STI] pathogens." Additionally, consistent condom use can help prevent the spread of HIV.

In addition to protection, condoms can make a sexual experience more enjoyable. For instance, condoms such as LifeStyles® WYLD™ brand offer a unique shape to enhance the time spent between the sheets. 

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