STDs & Safe Sex

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What is it?
Short for Trichomoniasis, this infection of the genitals is caused by a parasite. It is acquired through vaginal sex.

How is it harmful?
Left untreated, Trich leaves you at increased risk for other STDs, including HIV. In women, trich can cause complications during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms?
Often there are no symptoms. For women who do experience symptoms, they may notice a frothy, smelly, yellowish-green vaginal discharge, or genital area discomfort. Men who have symptoms may temporarily have a discharge from the penis, slight burning after urination or ejaculation, or an irritation in the penis.

How do you treat it?
Antibiotics can cure the infection. To prevent passing the infection back and forth, make sure your partner is tested and treated. Both partners should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.


STDs: The Low Down

STDs are both common and sneaky. One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25, and most of them won’t even know it. That’s because many STDs do not show any symptoms.

How can I protect against STDs?

Abstinence is the best way to protect against STDs. For those that choose to have sex, practice safe sex. That means that guys should use latex condoms during oral, vaginal and anal sex.

Should I get tested for STDs?

STDs are sneaky — often they don’t cause any symptoms, so many infected teens don’t know they’re infected. Click here to see if you should get tested.

Many Reproductive Health Centers throughout Pennsylvania offer free and confidential STD screenings for teens.

Find a teen-friendly health center near you