Stay Sexy. Stay Healthy. Get Checked. 

1 in 2 teens who have sex will get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the age of 25. Most won’t know it.

Many STIs do not have symptoms -- you can have an STI and not know it. If you've ever had sex – oral, vaginal, or anal – getting checked is the only way to know for sure if you have an STI. 

Using a condom reduces your risk of STIs, but will not protect you completely.

You can get an STI even if you do not have sex or “go all the way.” Some STIs, like herpes and HPV, are spread by skin-to-skin contact.

STIs can become dangerous if not treated.

Some STIs can cause a lot of health problems if you don't get treated. You also increase your chances of getting HIV if you have an untreated STI.

 

The good news is that most STIs can be treated, so it's worth it to get checked.  It's easy to get checked at a U Choose clinic - no hassle, no judging!

Ok, you've convinced me. I'll get checked. Now what? 

Congratulations! You're taking a huge step in protecting your present and future health and that of your partners. Find out more about getting a Sexual Health Check and visit the Getting Checked section to learn more about the simple journey to peace of mind. 

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KnowWhatUWant.org was developed by the Baltimore City Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative with additional information provided by the Association of Reproductive Health ProfessionalsBedsiderThe National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood. All birth control photography is property of bedsider.org and used with permission.

Know What U Want is a project of the Baltimore City Health Department and The Family League of Baltimore with the support of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, The Maryland Institute College of Art, New Lens, The Abell Foundation, The Straus Foundation, The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation and The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.