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									                                  U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Heidelberg
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                                                                                          March 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
STD Awareness Month – talk to your doctor and get tested
HEIDELBERG, Germany – Sexually transmitted diseases can be an uncomfortable topic of discussion for
some people. But the truth is, while STDs are becoming more common in the United States, they’re
treatable and preventable if people are careful.

April is STD Awareness Month, and health experts with the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity urge
you to take some time to learn about the most common STDs and how to prevent them.

“Many STDs have no symptoms at all,” said Maj. Kristal Bryant, public health nurse at the Mannheim
Army Health Clinic. “This means that many people are infected and don’t know it. The only way to know
for sure is to get tested.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are approximately 19 million new cases
of STDs each year in the United States. Almost half of those cases are among young people ages 15 to
24.

“Don’t be afraid to discuss STDs with your healthcare provider,” Bryant urged. “We’re not here to
reprimand you for being infected. We’re here to help you get the testing and treatment you need.

“Most importantly, talk about STDs with your partner. You should be able to have an open and honest
conversation with each other and that will help prevent STDs in the future,” she said.

Vaccines offer protection against two of the most common sexually transmitted viral infections: hepatitis B
and human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, which has been linked to cervical cancer.

“STD testing should be part of your routine medical care if you are sexually active with more than one
partner,” Bryant said. “As your healthcare team, we can provide the appropriate counseling, vaccinations,
testing and treatment if needed.”

For more information on the prevention and treatment of STDs, call your local healthcare clinic or visit
www.cdc.gov.

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