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National Condom Month (www.ashasexualhealth.org)

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants you to be safe as Cupid's arrows take flight, so each year we recognize February as National Condom Month.

In the U.S. there are approximately 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) annually,about half of which occur among youth ages 15-24. STIs often lack noticeable symptoms and can be contracted from partners who don't have a clue they have an infection. Untreated STIs can cause a host of medical complications, including infertility. Research overwhelmingly shows the value of condoms in reducing transmission risks with a host of STIs, including HIV and chlamydia. Also, condom use is linked with lower rates of HPV infection and cervical cancer among women.

During National Condom Month, check out some of ASHA's web-based resources.