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T H I S B O O K P R O V I D E S YO U WI T H I N F O R M ATI O N
A B O U T S EX U A L LY TR A N S M I T T E D D I S E A S E S , S AF E
S EX AN D R E S O U R C E S WH E R E YO U C A N G E T M O R E
I N F O R M ATI O N . F I RS T, I T I S I M P O RTAN T TH AT YO U
A R E AWAR E O F TH E C U R R E N T K N O W L E D G E AB O U T
S T D S . B E F O R E YO U B E G I N R E A D I N G , YO U WI L L
F I N D A TE S T TH AT WI L L H E L P YO U AS S E S S TH E
A M O U N T O F I N F O R M ATI O N YO U K N O W AB O U T S T D S
A N D SA F E S EX .

1) Which of the following birth control methods is NOT an effective method against STDs and
HIV/AIDS?
A.
B.
C.
D.

Birth Control Pill


Abstinence
Female Condom
Male Condom

2) What protects you better against STDs?


A. One Condom
B. Two Condoms
3) Who is most likely to have STDs?
A.
B.
C.
D.

People 65 and up
People 25-64
People 15-24
All of the above

4) All STDs can be cured


A. True
B. False
5) A person cant catch an STD from having oral or anal sex
A. True
B. False
6) Sometimes STDs do not show symptoms.
A. True
B. False
7) What is the most common STD?
A.
B.
C.
D.

Chlamydia
Gonorrhea
HPV
Syphilis

8) Which of the following are symptoms of an STD?


A.
B.
C.
D.

Sores and bumps


Burning sensation
Painful sex
All of the above

9) Condoms fully protect against the spread of HIV.


A. True
B. False
10) Who should be tested for STDs?

A.
B.
C.
D.

A person who is having unprotected sex with long-term partner


A person who has engaged in any sexual activity
A person who has recently been treated for an STD
All of the above

Answers
1) A Birth Control Pill
The birth control pill is designed to prevent pregnancy but it provides no protection against STDs
and HIV/AIDS.
2) A One Condom
Although it may sound like two condoms double the protection using two condoms causes
friction between the materials, which might cause the condom to break.
3) C Young people age 15-24
Every year almost 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases are reported and 50% of
these cases involve people between the ages 15-24 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
2013).
4) B False
Only STDs caused by bacteria can be cured (example: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis) but
those caused by a virus (example: HPV, hepatitis and herpes) cannot be cured (The University of
North Carolina).
5) B False
A virus and/or bacteria can enter your system through any entry like eyes, mouth, anus or
genitals, causing an infection.
6) A True
STDs can be asymptomatic which means there are times that it can show no signs or symptoms
(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2015).
7) C The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
HPV is the most common STD and is estimated that most sexually active people will get it at
some point in their lives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).
8) D All of the above
Each STD has specific symptoms that are caused by the infection but sores, bumps, burning
sensation, and painful sex are all general symptoms of STDs.

9) B False
Condoms do not fully protect you against an STD or HIV/AIDS but they lower your risk of
becoming infected.
10) D All of the above
Anyone who is currently sexually active or has been sexually active in the past should get tested
for an STD.

What is an STD?
An STD, also known as STI, is an infectious disease that is spread from one person to
another through sexual intercourse. Every year almost 20 million new cases of sexually
transmitted diseases are reported and 50% of those new cases affect young people ages 15-24
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). However, many STDs go undiagnosed or are
not reported to CDC. For this reason, is it expected that the number of STDs in the United States
is much higher (Center for Disease Control and Prevention , 2013). Untreated STDs can cause
long term issues like pregnancy complications, infertility, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease,
cancer and many others (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2014).

Ways to Prevent STDs


1) Abstaining from anal, oral or vaginal sex is the only way to guarantee not getting an STD.
3) Always use a new condom for every sex act.
4) Minimize the number of sexual partners.
5) Before having sex with a new partner make sure you both are tested for STDs.
6) Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B and the Human Papilloma Virus.
7) If you are sexually active, get yourself test regularly.
8) Communicate with your partner about safe sex before engaging in any sexual activity.
9) Educate yourself about STDs and STD prevention methods.
10) Know the resources in your community where you can seek assistance, support and
information.

Local Resources
The Southwest Preventative Medicine Clinic
Provides reproductive health services, communicable disease testing and treatment
1170 N. Solano Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-528-5006
BrdsNBz: Sexual Health Questions Texting Service
Text "NMTeen" to 66746 to subscribe to the service then text any sexual health questions to the
same number and receive medically accurate answers within 24 hours
Alianza of New Mexico
Offers HIV testing, prevention, care, support and free condoms.
1615A North Solano
Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-915-1770
SEX, etc.
Provides comprehensive Sex Education information
http://sexetc.org
Planned Parenthood info for Teens
Online community where you can ask questions and find information about sexual and
reproductive health.
Phone: 1-800-230-PLAN
www.plannedparenthood.org/teens
Student Based Health Centers
Provide primary, behavioral, reproductive health, health promotion/prevention, youth
engagement, Teleheatlh/Telemedicine services:
Centennial High School
Phone: (575) 527-9330
Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
Phone: (575) 527-6058
Santa Teresa High School
Phone: (575) 589-5300
Las Cruces High School
Open: M-Th. 8:30-4PM
Phone: (575) 527-9400

Oate High School


Phone: (575) 527-9430
Chaparral High School
Open: M-Th. 8AM-4PM
Phone: (575) 824-6777
Gadsden High School
Open: T-F 8AM-4PM
Phone: 575-882-6330
Mayfield
Open: M-F 8AM-1PM
Phone: (575) 541-7323

Bibliography
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, February 23). Human
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, February). ncidence,
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Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2015, March 18).
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