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April Is STD Awareness Month

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April is the time to remember that 19 million new sexually transmitted diseases are spread every year, and it's also the time to do something about it.

It's STD awareness month.

Flathead Family Planning is trying to show people that most STD's have no signs or symptoms so everyone who is sexually active should get tested. It provides testing and treatment on a pay what you can basis.

Under Montana law, you don't need a parent to come with you, but it is encouraged.

Almost half of the millions of new STD cases that spread each year infect people between 15 and 24 years old.

"We want to normalize getting STD tested. It's something you should do on a routine basis if you're sexually active," said Mandie Fleming, a health educator.

In 2013, the Department of Public Health and Human Services found that Flathead county saw more than 260 cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Missoula county saw more than 400.

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