Parents

Image of a mother and daughterAlthough parenting can be fun and incredibly rewarding, it isn’t always easy. Talking about sex and the risks that come along with it can be difficult, or at the very least uncomfortable. That’s why we here to arm you with facts and prevention techniques so there’s never a question you can’t answer.  Even if you don’t think your child is sexually active, it is important to give them access to as much information regarding STDs as you can.  Your child will thank you.

Teens And Young Adults Are At Higher Risk

Did you know that 15-24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections?  Teens and young adults have unique issues that put them at a higher risk.  Take a moment to review the CDC Fact Sheet: Information for Teens and Young Adults to learn more about the unique risks faced by this population.

Utah STD Statistics

  • Chlamydia continues to be the leading STD/reportable disease in Utah and throughout the U.S.
  • In 2016, 9,459 cases of chlamydia were reported.  Utah experienced a 40.8% rate increase from 2007-2016 (from 220.1 to 310.0 cases per 100,000 people).
  • Gonorrhea continues to rapidly increase as Utah has experienced a 602% rate increase from 2011-2016.
  • In 2016, adolescents ages 15-24 only accounted for 16% of Utah’s population, yet accounted for 60% of all chlamydia cases and 33% of gonorrhea cases.

Educating Your Child

Education is the first and most important step of prevention.  Seizing the opportunity to talk to your children about sex is invaluable.  Read up, familiarize yourself with this information, and talk to your kids about gonorrhea, chlamydia and other STDs.

Sex Education: Talking to your Teens about Sex

National STD Curriculum

Additional Topics To Discuss

Reproductive Health

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Sexual Violence and Assault

The Right way to Use a Condom

 

Which prevention options are the most effective?

The best way to prevent the transmission of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs is to abstain from sexual contact, and practice mutual monogamy with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. To learn more about prevention options go to the prevention link on the homepage.

What if my child asks a question that I can’t answer?

Take a deep breath, because we are here to assist you! With the help of this web site, no parent will ever be left guessing when it comes to chlamydia and gonorrhea. This site contains all of the information you need about risks, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and testing so you’ll never run into a question you can’t answer.

What are the long-term health effects of chlamydia and gonorrhea?

Untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea infections can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men. In women, the damage caused by the STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy outside the uterus). In men, infection sometimes spreads to the epididymis (ducts attached to the testicles where sperm mature and are stored) causing pain, fever, and rarely, sterility. To learn more go to the “Risks” link on the homepage.