Updated: Dec 12, 2019
By Monica Rivera
In the year 2017, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) reached a record high according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the CDC reports that more people are having less sex, this is the fourth year in a row that STIs are on the rise.
One of the main reasons for the STI increase is that those who are sexually active are not using safer sex practices, ie: they are having condom-less sex. According to the CDC, condom-less sex seems to be a trend across all demographics.
In addition to the recent trend, there has been a significant cut in funding to public health centers that address STI prevention and treatment programs across the country. Without these resources, communities are at-risk for transmitting untreated and unmaintained infections, making this a public health issue.
In order to address and prevent future STIs, one must practice healthy, safer sex practices, which means getting tested regularly and consistently and correctly using latex barriers (internal and external condoms and dental dams) to protect yourself and your partner(s).
To find a testing clinic near you, go to https://gettested.cdc.gov/.
For 30 free condoms per month, delivered to your door, register at http://www.texaswearscondoms.com/.