Say you contract an STD. (More than half of all people do!) In addition to a call from your doctor, you might also hear from a “sex detective” like Tai Cooper. That’s because most STDs must be reported to the state department of health, where staffers like Cooper, the communicable diseases prevention program manager for the Wyoming Department of Health, take over. (Don’t worry; their files are strictly confidential.)
Over the years, many celebrities have opened up about their health issues. There are countless stars who have battled cancer or other illnesses, but far fewer who have chosen to talk about diseases that are considered embarrassing.
An education isn’t the only thing many college students “get” at college. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20-25 percent of college students in the United States have either been infected with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or have transmitted an STI to their sex partner(s). Two out of three STIs are found in people under the age of 25, and there are about 9 million new cases each year.
Even with so many preventative measures being taken, radio ads, TV commercials, free condoms at local health departments, etc, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases continues to rise nationwide.
An STD test, or sexually transmitted disease test, may be performed for one or more of the many diseases that can be contracted through contact with bodily fluids during sexual activity. There are many tests, each of which is specific for a particular STD.
There are over 65 million Americans who currently have an STD. Living with an STD can be tough, especially if you have an STD that has no cure. Finding out you have one can lead to lots of tough and awkward questions.