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More education is needed to encourage safe sex in college

The Public Health Agency (PHA) of Canada is recommending that students starting college this fall make safe decisions regarding their sex lives, reports Health Canal. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, are on the rise, not just in Canada, but in the U.S. as well.

One of the biggest problems is that since some STDs do not always present symptoms, cases may go undiagnosed and affected individuals can unknowingly pass them to sexual partners. This is why using condoms is such an important practice for both vaginal and oral sex. Any person who engages in unsafe sex with another individual for the first time should get checked by his or her primary care physician or a specialist.

"If you have sex with more than one partner, or with someone whose sexual history you do not know, you are putting yourself at risk, as you are linked to all the people your sexual partner has had sex with," Neil Irvine, M.D., consultant in Health Protection for PHA, told the news source.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur every year, half of which are among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24.