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National Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.  More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

As parents, we need to be involved to help prevent drug and alcohol problems in our children. 

Alcohol Awareness Month - Take a day off from drinking this week 

National STD Awareness Month

By the age 25, half of all youth will have acquired one or more infections. That’s more than 9 million youth with a sexually transmitted infection. 

Young people aged 15-24 represent only a quarter of the sexually active population. Yet they have almost half of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) out there! Let’s take a look at which sexually transmitted infections affect youth most.

  • Young people aged 13-24 represented 14% of persons living with HIV/AIDS in 2006.
  • Young people aged 15-19 account for 40% of chlamydia cases.
  • One in five men and women will become infected with genital herpes by the time they reach adulthood.
  • Males 20-24 have the highest rates of gonorrhea.

Know that many STDs/STIs can be "silent," causing no noticeable symptoms in men or women. Also know that some STD/STIs may not be detectable through testing for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, so talk to your healthcare provider about the appropriate time to get tested.

The best way to prevent obtaining a STD is by practicing abstinence. As teens, you should talk to your parent(s) about your questions.  Although the subject may be embarrassing, your parents are your best advocate!
National HIV Testing Day

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Created: Dec 5, 2018
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
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