April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Awareness Month-a campaign to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing, and treating STDs. When is the last time that you have been tested?

Like any medical issue, the quicker you find the problem the easier it is to treat. If you begin to feel anything unusual or uncomfortable and have any questions or worries-get tested. Not all STDs can be cured, but there are ways to manage them. Many people are scared to find out the result of a test, so they just choose to not get tested, but you put yourself and others at risk if you don’t.

Even if you don’t have any signs of an STD, it doesn’t mean that you are STD free. Several STDs can remain unrecognizable over a given length of time, such as herpes-but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give it to someone else. The safest and most effective way to know is to get tested.

STD Awareness Month is not just about testing, it's an opportunity to talk about sexual health with others.