Letters to the Editor

February is Sexual
Health Awareness Month

Dear Editor,
February is typically the month where you start thinking about how you can romance that special someone in your life to show them how much they mean to you. However, along with flowers and romantic cards comes the need to make well-informed choices about intimate relationships and sexuality. That is why February has been deemed Sexual Health Awareness Month. Sexual health is an important part of the overall health and well-being of all people in the community, from the young to the old, irrespective of whether a person has or ever will be sexually active.
The need for more information in sexual relationships is apparent in Montana’s young adults. In 2015, 25 percent of all reported Chlamydia cases were between the ages of 15-19. Regardless of race or gender, the data shows sexually active teens and young adults are at an increased risk for STDs when compared to older adults. The good news is most STDs are treatable, and many are curable – early detection through testing is key. Yet, stigma, inconsistent or incorrect condom use, lack of access to health care, and a combination of other factors contribute to high rates of STDs among teens and young adults.
Take action in your community by promoting open and honest discussions about sexuality and get tested today. Contact Central Montana Family Planning.
Sue Irvin, Director
Central Montana Family Planning

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