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STDs: Know Your Status

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Valdosta chapter.

Let’s admit it: STDs are scary. No one wants to live with the fact that she could possibly have one and may not know whom she got it from. It’s very important to get yourself checked out! Build a trustworthy relationship with your doctor, and if you’re scared, remember that they can’t share your results without your permission.

South Georgia is on fire (no pun intended) when it comes to people living with STDs. From the ages of 15 to 24 years old (hey, that’s US!), the rate is extremely high for chlamydia and gonorrhea. In 2012, Lowndes County reported 1,601 people who have had contact with Chlamydia and 354 people who have had contact with gonorrhea.

It’s very important to protect yourself, especially if neither you nor your partner have been tested recently and/or are not monogamous. Use protection, get tested or practice abstinence. If you are a Valdosta State University student, the health center is giving out FREE STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea! Have fun in college, but remember to always be aware. Know Your Status!

STD Testing:

Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

March 12th & 26th

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President/Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Valdosta State, and a Mass Media major. Loves spaghetti and is currently waiting for someone to teach her how to play her guitar. Never meets a stranger. Hi :)