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Heading Back to College? 3 Things About STDs You Must Know 

With school back in session, there are some things you won’t learn in class.

One is how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease. Although there may be some mention of STDs, it’s not a subject that is talked about enough.

That’s why it’s very important to educate yourself about STDs so you can protect yourself and your sexual partners from getting diseases while attending college.

Here are three things you need to know about sexually transmitted diseases.

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Where Does Your College Rank on Trojan’s 2014 Sexual Health Report Card?

On the cusp of March Madness, there’s a different set of collegiate rankings we’d like to draw your attention to: the top 10 list of universities in terms of sexual health.

We’ve reported on the Trojan™ sexual health report card before, and now that 2014’s results are in, we’re here to see if any of 2013’s data has changed.

If you’re a college student, a parent, a collegiate administrator, or just a curious alum checking up on your alma mater, check out the details on 2014’s sexual health rankings below.

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STDs Are More Common Than College Degrees

College isn’t cheap or an easy process to complete. It’s grueling and challenges students in many different ways. Getting a college degree is a real accomplishment in 2013 because so many people don’t have the opportunity to attend university. But, it’s unfortunate to know that people are now more likely to get an STD than a college degree.

The statistics on STDs

College-students-working-for-their-degreesIn 2008 there were 19.7 million new cases of patients with STDs. Of those cases, 10 million were seen in patients 15 to 24-years-old, putting the main college demographic right in the middle of the mess. With just over 1,500,000 students getting their bachelor’s degree, new STD cases outnumbered degrees 6-to-1.

What does this say about us?

Some would argue that having sex is proving to be more important than achieving a college degree, and they may have a good point. We, however, think a little bit differently. College degrees take four years or more to achieve, sometimes a little bit less than that. While college students are on their journey to get their diploma, they have many opportunities to have sex. That very clearly doesn’t take four years.

Also, you have to look at the 15 to 22-year-olds who won’t get college degrees but are having sex. It’s not to say they won’t get degrees, they just won’t get them the year they’re diagnosed.

Priorities and Choices

College degrees are important, but this isn’t a question of priorities. It’s a matter of choices. If you choose to have sex, know the risks. Always practice safe sex. Always let your partner know if you have an STD or have been treated for them in the past. And we can’t stress this enough — If you’re having sex regularly or with different partners, get tested regularly!

If you’re a college student, best of luck on your way to getting that degree.

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