April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month.  In addition to correct and consistent use of condoms, IDPH advises regular testing for the prevention and control of STDs.  Many STDs cause no symptoms or symptoms that are easily confused with other conditions.  Without testing, individuals may remain undiagnosed, untreated and unaware that they are transmitting the infection to others.  Early treatment prevents serious, long-term health consequences that otherwise may result from these infections.

For more information about the STD program, including resources and statistics, visit:

http://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/std/resources