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Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness

In Howard County, the number of cases of both chlamydia and gonorrhea have nearly doubled in teens ages 15 and up in recent years. One in every two sexually-active young people will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) before age 25, and many are not aware they are infected or of the significant risks to their health.

To address this public health concern, the Howard County Health Department (HCHD) convened a workgroup including members of HCPSS and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to develop a plan to improve STI prevention knowledge and screening. HCPSS and HCHD have launched an awareness campaign to inform high school students about the risks of STIs; and offer free, confidential screening tests and access to treatment, as well as condom availability and education in high schools.

The awareness campaign, “I Want the Kit” (IWTK), is co-sponsored and funded by a grant from MDH.

For more information

Howard County Health Department resources:

HCPSS Contact

Kerrie Wagaman, Coordinator of Health Services, in the HCPSS Department of Program Innovation and Student Well-Being.

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