Did you know?

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 One out of two sexually active people will contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by age 25. 

 One in five people in the United States has an STD.  

Each year, one in four teens contracts an STD/STI (sexually transmitted infection). 

It is estimated that as many as one in five Americans has genital herpes, a lifelong (but manageable) infection, yet up to 90% of those with herpes are unaware they have it.  

Each year, there are almost 3 million new cases of Chlamydia, many of which are in adolescents and young adults. The CDC recommends that sexually active females 25 and under should be screened at least once a year for Chlamydia, even if no symptoms are present. 

Pregnancy is 100% preventable!  

Condoms are 97% effective if used correctly and consistently.  

110 teen girls become pregnant every day in NYS. 

80% of teen parents do not get married.  

Fewer than 3% of teen mothers will graduate from college by age 30.  

One in five people will be infected with HPV (human papillomavirus) in their lifetime. 

In the United States, an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females will be infected with HPV in their lifetime. It is estimated that each minute in the United States, there is a new case of genital warts. About 2 out of 3 people will get genital warts after having any kind of genital contact with someone infected. Even after seeing pictures, you may not be able to recognize them. That’s because genital warts don’t always look the same. Genital warts are usually flesh-colored growths that can be raised or flat, small or large, and alone or in clusters. In females, warts can grow inside a woman’s vagina, or on the cervix, making them hard to see. In males, they can appear on the surface of the penis or groin. Treatment for genital warts can be a painful process and can involve cutting, freezing, or burning the warts. Even after treatment, genital warts can come back. In fact, 25% of cases come back within 3 months.


There are several types of vaginal cancer, but most types are commonly found in the lining of the upper area of the vagina near the cervix.

Certain types of HPV have been closely linked to vaginal cancers. In fact, HPV Types 16 and 18 cause approximately 70% of vaginal cancer cases.


Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that forms just outside the vagina in an area called the vulva. HPV Types 16 and 18 cause up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases.

Did you know there’s a backup method to prevent pregnancy?

Emergency contraception (or the morning-after pill or Plan B) is an oral hormonal contraception, started within 120 hours of unprotected vaginal intercourse. It can prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation, fertilization, or implantation. It should not affect or terminate an existing pregnancy. The sooner you take emergency contraception, the better it works. Plan B is available over the counter for consumers 17 and older; a prescription is required for consumers under 17.

Did you know that there is more out there than the standard male condom to help prevent pregnancy and STDs?

A female condom is a polyurethane sheath with flexible rings at each end that is inserted into the vagina like a diaphragm. It is an over-the-counter barrier method of birth control that reduces the risk of many sexually transmitted infections.

Do you know what the term transgender means?

Transgender individuals do not identify with the gender they were born into. They feel a discomfort or lack of fit between their own gender identity and the gender roles assigned by society. There are female-to-male (FTM) and male-to-female (MTF) transgenders. Some identify as transsexual, women and men who fully identify themselves as a member of the opposite sex and wish to live and be accepted as such. They may undergo a “gender transition,” including medical interventions, to change their physical presentation to align with their internal gender identity. Transgender/transsexual identity does not determine sexual orientation.

What does LGBTQ means?

This acronym has been in use since the 1990s to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. In modern use, the acronym relates the diversity of the gay culture. It is likely you may see additional letters added to this acronym to represent and identify other individuals.

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