sexually transmitted diseases

Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone dating apps.

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Young People At Risk For STDs Often Don’t Get Tested: Study

Jun 6, 2016
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Although they account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections, most young people between the ages of 15 and 25 have never been tested for those infections, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Commissioners in Palm Beach County have agreed to lower the fee for sexually transmitted disease tests from $159 to $58, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Commissioners made the change to encourage more people to get tested, the Sun Sentinel reports.

The fee charged by the health department also includes an office visit, medical assessment, lab services and antibiotics, the newspaper reports.

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Friday, April 17 was STD Awareness Day in Hillsborough County. 

To mark the occasion, the Hillsborough County Florida Department of Health's clinic had a free STD testing day. 

The lobby was filled with music, balloons, conversation and health trivia games. 

Stethoscope and gavel against a white backdrop.
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In Florida and many other states, you are required by law to tell your partner you have a sexually transmitted disease before having intercourse. But as the Miami Herald reports, that law has been interpreted differently by Florida appellate courts (paywall alert).