So they say that nearly half of the 19 million new cases of STDs a year happen to 15-24 year olds (CDC). So what? How does this influence your life? Well if half of the new cases of STDs occur in people around your age, the people you are more likely to come into contact with and have sex with, then that makes YOU more likely to get an STD (or several)! Many people overlook some of the statistics about sexual health that are thrown their way, but these figures are important to take into account. Nobody wants to be the one that is shunned because they have an STD, nobody wants to be the one responsible for passing it along to unsuspecting partners. By looking at the statistic, you need to realize that you are not indestructible, anyone who does not practice safe sexual practices is significantly more vulnerable to contract an STD.
There are ways to practice safe sex, such as using condoms to limit transmission of STDs that are in bodily fluid. Or use dental dams to prevent skin-to-skin transmission of STDs. So do yourself and everyone you sleep with a favor, get tested and talk to partners to know the risks that you present each other. Check out some prevention tips at http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/std-sti/reduce-your-risk/prevention-tips.html and other resources the website has to offer. Also, try this free quiz http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=40&ContentID=StdQuiz to test your knowledge of STDs!