During National Condom Week Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Urges People to Protect Their Sexual Health
Nearly 20 Million STDs and Over 3 Million Unintended Pregnancies Occur Each Year
MADISON — In recognition of National Condom Week, February 14-21, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) is encouraging sexually active individuals to talk to their partners about the importance of using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancies. Nearly 20 million STDs and more than three million unintended pregnancies occur each year; condoms are the only form of contraception that also reduces the risk of STDs.
“Many people who have a sexually transmitted disease don’t even realize it, since many STDs cause no immediate symptoms,” said Meg Robertson, women’s health nurse practitioner and director of clinical services at PPWI. “Continuous condom use helps keep you and your partner healthy — no matter how old you are or where you are in life.”
PPWI provides crucial resources to assist our community reduce the prevalence of STDs including distribution of free condoms to thousands, education, STD testing and treatment. They even provide resources and information on how to use condoms correctly, and how to talk about condom use with your partner.
Even if you are using another method of birth control, you may be at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Using condoms plus another method of birth control — like the IUD, implant, shot or pill — is the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STDs.
As a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood works every day to reduce the number of STDs and unintended pregnancies and to keep people healthy. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin provided education and outreach to over 9,000 people in 2014, and Planned Parenthood websites receive an estimated 60 million visits every year.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health care provider caring for 60,000 patients annually at 22 health centers. 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care is preventive health services including well woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, HIV screening, and STD treatment.