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Did you know? 

Gonorrhea rates are on the rise in New York State

The New York State Department reports that gonorrhea diagnoses increased by 40% from 2019 to 2020 in New York State counties outside of New York City. This includes regions PPCWNY serves.

In Erie County, gonorrhea rates rose 56% from 2019 to 2020, and in Monroe County they rose 77%. Niagara Country gonorrhea rates rose 49% from 2019 to 2020, and in Onondaga County they rose 35%. 

Learn more about STDs – including gonorrhea – how to practice safer sex, and how to get tested below.

What are STDs? 

STDs (also called STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They’re really common, and lots of people who have them don’t have any symptoms. STDs can be dangerous, but the good news is that getting tested is no big deal, and most STDs are easy to treat.

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A very common STD caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

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Genital Warts

Growths on the genital area and around the anus. Caused by certain types of HPV.

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A common STD caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

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Hepatitis B

A virus that can cause liver disease, which is spread through sex or sharing personal hygiene items like razors or toothbrushes.

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A common STD that infects your mouth and/or genitals. Causes blistery sores. There’s no cure, but symptoms are treatable.  

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HIV is an infection that breaks down your immune system and can lead to AIDS. There’s no cure, but treatment can help you stay healthy.

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HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

A super common STD. HPV is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer.

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Molluscum Contagiosum

An infection that causes small bumps on your skin. It goes away by itself and usually isn’t dangerous.

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Pubic Lice

AKA “crabs.” Small parasites that attach to the skin and hair near your genitals. Easy to get rid of with treatment you can get at the drugstore.

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Scabies are tiny parasites that cause itching. Passed through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sex. Can be cured.

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Syphilis is a common bacterial infection. It’s easily cured with medicine, but it can be dangerous if you don’t treat it.

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Trichomoniasis (Trich)

“Trich” is a major cause of vaginitis. It’s very common and easily treated.

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Safer Sex Is Better Sex

There’s nothing like enjoying sex without worrying about STDs or pregnancy. Using condoms, talking openly with your partner, and getting tested regularly is how to make it happen. Here’s how to get started.