The Basics

​​There are now more than 25 STIs/STDs(Sexually Transmitted Infections/Sexually Transmitted Diseases), several of which are chronic, life-long diseases.

1 in 5 Americans have been diagnosed and are infected.

26 million new infections are diagnosed each year - half of these are between 15 - 24 years old.

For the most up to date information regarding STIs and STDs please go to the Center for Disease Control.

All information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control.

This information is meant for general educational purposes only.
It should not be relied upon as a substitute

for professional medical advice.

For more information about sexual health go to:

Center for Disease Control


STDs & STIs: How NOT to Get One   
STIs spread through all types of sex and/or intimate skin-to-skin contact. These include oral sex, outercourse, anal sex, mutual masturbation or any sexual habit where bodily fluids would be exchanged. Using a condom during sex may or may not help prevent you from being infected. Condoms may help but even a condom isn't 100% fool proof. Check out the Center for Disease Control for more information on condoms!

Again, unless you're in a committed, monogamous (neither of you have had or are having sex with anyone else)relationship, just not having sex is your safest way to go. If you haven't been tested and are sexually active, please go the the health department or make an appointment with Durango Pregnancy Center and get tested now!

Don't be foolish! Sex can make you sick.Information on STI/STDs

When you are in a sexual relationship with someone, you are also having sex with every person they have previously had sex with. Click on the link to see what this means!

Warning-the below video, while excellent, contains graphic language, images and descriptions.

Dating. . .then comes sex?

Dating is fun.

  • Dating can be dangerous.
  • It's fun when you're in a relationship with someone who likes doing the same stuff you do.
  • It can be dangerous when you start feeling pressure to have sex.

The decision to have sex is pretty important, and there are lots of things to think about. Having sex is very different for women and guys. That's because we're made differently both emotionally and physically! Sex can be an emotional bond for women but less so for guys.

Do not be afraid to say "NO" to sex. In fact, it may reveal just how much your boyfriend or girlfriend really cares for you. If they accept your "NO" it is a much better sign as to the health of your relationship than if you feel obligated or pressured into having sex. If they do not accept "NO", that could be a sign that your boyfriend or girlfriend is more interested in their own physical wants and desires.

Do you want to talk with someone about your relationship?

We are here for you. Please feel free to contact us. Here's our number 970-247-5559.

  • There are over 25 sexually transmitted infections/diseases at present.
  • Many of the STIs/STDs have become immune to treatment.
  • 1 in 5 Americans are infected with an STI. (2018)
  • 26 million new cases were reported in 2018.
  • Of the new cases - HALF of them are in the 15 - 24 year old age group.
  • You could have an STD (sexually transmitted infection) and not know it. Just because you don't see or experience any symptoms doesn't mean you are not infected.

Check out more information here!

CDC Chart.pdf