Pennsylvania Department of Health Urges Greater Awareness of, Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
April is National STD Awareness Month
“Although many STDs are treatable, screening and early diagnosis are essential to prevent serious health consequences and transmission of the diseases to others,” said Deputy Secretary
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease infections occur each year in
In 2007, individuals age 15-24 accounted for 74 percent of the chlamydia and 59 percent of the gonorrhea reported in
- Primary and Secondary syphilis among African Americans was more than eleven times higher than among Caucasians;
- Chlamydia among African Americans was more than sixteen times the rate reported for Caucasians; and,
- Gonorrhea among African Americans was more than forty-one times the rate reported for Caucasians.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains a statewide network of STD clinics that offer free and confidential STD testing and treatment.
For more information about STDs, or to find a free and confidential testing site near you, please call 1-877-PA-Health (1-877-724-3258), or visit online at www.health.state.pa.us/std.
CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman (717) 787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health