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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Know the Facts:

  • 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25. Most won’t know it.
  • Every year there are more than 19 million new STD cases in the U.S. Nearly half of these cases are among young people aged 15-24.
  • About 1 in 6 people are infected with Herpes in the U.S.
  • More than 50% of sexually active people will get HPV at some point during their lives.
  • 1 in 5 people living with HIV in the U.S. doesn’t know they are positive.
  • Chlamydia is the #1 most reported STD in the U.S. An estimated 3 million Americans are infected each year.
  • Most men and women don’t see or feel any early symptoms when they first get infected with an STD. But they can give their infection to a sex partner.
  • You can catch the same infection over and over again.
  • You can have more than one STD at the same time. Each one needs its own treatment.
  • People of any age can be tested and treated for STDs.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Family Planning Council of Iowa
Prevention Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

  • Avoid exposure: Abstinence (not having vaginal, anal, or oral sex) is 100% effective in preventing against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy when used 100% of the time.
  • Mutually monogamous relationship: Only have sex with one uninfected person, who has agreed to only have sex with you. Have an open and honest conversation about being mutually monogamous before engaging in any sexual activity. Know your partner well enough to trust him or her to tell you about any STD risks they may have.
  • Use a condom: Make sure to use a condom correctly every time you engage in vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • Get tested regularly: Know your STD status by getting tested for STDs regularly. Get tested before you start a new relationship or after you end a relationship, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Do not mix sex with alcohol and drugs: If you and/or your partner are under the influence of alcohol and drugs, it is difficult to make safe sexual health decisions. Sex partners are more likely to be careless when using a condom, causing it to break or slip, or they might have sex without using a condom.
  • Get vaccinated: FDA approved vaccinations are available for HPV and Hepatitis B. These effective and safe vaccines can help protect you.
  • Treat both sex partners: If you or your sex partner is infected with an STD, both of you need to receive treatment at the same time. This will keep you from catching the infection from each other all over again.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Planned Parenthood
Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
For information about each STD listed above and other STDs, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
For more information on the transmission, prevention, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, visit the following websites:

For information on correct and consistent condom use, types of condoms & do’s and don'ts of condoms, visit the following websites:
Black Hawk County, IA STD/HIV Testing Centers
UNI Student Health Clinic
1600 W. 23 St.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
*Must be a current UNI student
*FREE gonorrhea and chlamydia testing
*Gardasil HPV vaccine available for women and men

Black Hawk County Health Department
Black Hawk County Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
1407 Independence Avenue 5th
Waterloo, IA 50703

Allen Women’s Health
233 Vold Dr.
Waterloo, IA 50703

Peoples Community Health Clinic
Waterloo Clinic
905 Franklin St.
Waterloo, IA 50703
*Must become a client in order to receive services.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Cedar Falls Center)
Cedar Falls Center
2520 Melrose Dr.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Birth Control Methods
*Abstinence is the only 100% way to prevent pregnancy & sexually transmitted diseases
Most Effective
  • Implant (Nexplanon)
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Male Sterilization & Female Sterilization (Permanent)
  • The Shot (Depo- Provera)
  • Pill (Combination and Progestin-Only are the two types)
  • Patch (Ortho Evra)
  • Ring (NuvaRing)
  • Diaphragm
  • Male Condom
  • Female Condom
  • Withdrawal
  • Sponge
  • Fertility-Awareness Based Methods
  • Spermicide
  • Least Effective

Other Methods of Contraception:
LAM (Breastfeeding)
Emergency Contraception
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

For information about each birth control method, visit:
Sexual Health Resources
UNI Health Clinic Resource Nurse

It’s Your (Sex) Life


Planned Parenthood

Advocates for Youth

I Wanna Know

National STD and HIV Testing Resources /

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Allen Women’s Health

Family Planning Council of Iowa

American Sexual Health Association