STDs affect persons of all ages, but particularly the young. CDC estimates that half of all new infections are among people aged 15–24 (1). STD tests aren’t always part of a regular doctor’s visit, and many doctors may not offer young patients an HIV or STD test unless the patient asks for one.
Patients who get tested for STDs and are aware of their STD status can better protect their own health and the health of their sexual partner(s). If not treated, some STDs can lead to serious health problems. Learning resources for clinicians, patients, and community members about STDs are available from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/std/sam.