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5 Things to Know About STIs

I am Dr. Leandro Mena and here are five things everyone should know about STIs.

Number one, STIs are super common. One in five Americans has an STI at any given time.

Number two, most STIs show no symptoms. The only way to know if you have one is to get tested.

Number three, left untreated STIs can cause severe health issues.

Number four, all STIs are treatable and many are curable.

Number five, free and low cost STI testing is available in most places.

This video is a joint production of KFF’s GREATER THAN and CDC’s LET’S STOP HIV TOGETHER. This information is shared for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at the time of filming.

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