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    April 12-18, 2020 is National STD Awareness Week. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are transmitted or passed person to person through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.  STIs can also be passed from mother to infant during pregnancy. 

    You can’t tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them - many STIs don’t cause any symptoms.  Having an STI also increases your chances of getting HIV, and STIs can cause serious, even life-long, health problems if they are not treated.  Many STIs can be treated or cured with medication. Some STIs can’t be cured, but their symptoms can be managed with medication. 

    For more information on STIs visit our Resources page.  If you think you may have an STI, or you may have been exposed to an STI, call your health care provider, your local health department, a community health center or use the services locator to find testing and treatment near you.

    Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many sexual health care services may not be available, may be limited, or offices may be closed.  Call ahead to find out if, and where, sexual health services are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    ​​​Sex and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    You can get COVID-19 from a person who has it. The virus can be passed from person to person by being up close to someone who has it - within about 6 feet. Some people do not have any symptoms and may not know they are infected.


    Coronavirus Resources:

    New York City Health Department - Safer Sex during Coronavirus

    Oregon Health Authority - Sex in the Time of COVID-19

    Planned Parenthood - COVID-19 and Your Sexual Health

    American Sexual Health Association - Sex in the Time of COVID-19

    Maryland Department of Health - Coronavirus Portal

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 


    General Resources:

    ​​​Condom Do's and Don'ts

    The Right Way to Use a Male Condom

    The Right Way to Use a Female Condom

    How to Use a Dental Dam

    How You Can Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)​

    For Health Departments:

    Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) - Guidance for STD Programs during COVID-19

    National Coalition of STD Directors - Resources for STD Programs

    Last Updated: 4/14/2020