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Having the conversation with your college student about STDs

Entering college is an exciting period for any young adult, but it may also signify the first time a young person is on his or her own. While the main purpose of college is to earn an education, individuals will also begin to build lasting relationships with their peers, which likely include both platonic and romantic connections. Because of this, as awkward as it may seem, parents should educate children about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and how easily they can be spread within this kind of environment. Here are a few ways to make the process a bit easier.

Share some statistics
The STD problem on college campuses doesn't get nearly enough attention from the media and has grown into a major problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 19 million people who contract an STD each year, nearly half of these individuals are between the ages of 15-24. Simply put, college freshmen are entering one of the largest at-risk groups for STDs during the course of their lives.

Go over proper sexual health methods
There's no sense for parents to convince themselves that their kids aren't sexually active, so they should consider a proactive approach and encourage the practice of safe sex. The use of condoms and other forms of protection will dramatically decrease the chances that a college student can contract an STD.

Encourage regular physicals
The health center on campus is there for a reason, so it's easy for college students to receive regular physicals and STD testing. This will give individuals a better sense of their current state of health and could diagnose a specific sexually transmitted disease early on to begin the proper treatment methods.