Testing for sexually transmitted diseases

Minerva Cano, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, discusses the importance of being regularly tested for STDs, and the effects that STDs can have if left unchecked
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Testing for sexually transmitted diseases

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STD testing is done via blood work, urine sample, or swab sample. The long-term effects for an individual could be infertility, for both males and females. There can be organ damage. There can be blindness. Ultimately, there can be death in some of these particular types of STDs. We can't just say, just by looking at them, that an individual doesn't have an STD. The only way to check is to get testing. We recommend you get tested twice a year or every six months; if a person is sexually active. If a person does not get tested, their risk is they can pass it on to another individual. They can get the long-term side effects, which could be the blindness, damage to the organs, damage to fertility; if someone doesn't get diagnosed early enough.
TEEN, Sexuality and Body Image, STDs

Minerva Cano, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, discusses the importance of being regularly tested for STDs, and the effects that STDs can have if left unchecked

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Minerva Cano

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Minerva Cano has served as a Health Educator in the Parent and Adult Program at Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles since 2010. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Minerva directed an elementary school family resource center for 10 years. There she helped families obtain the necessary resources for their chlidren to excel in school. 

As a mother of two, Minerva understands the importance of parent-child communication, particularly in the area of sexuality, puberty and relationships. As a memeber of Planned Parenthood's Parent and Adult Health Education team, Minerva and her colleagues work every day to help parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to engage their children in these important converstations. Through presentations in homes, schools, churches, temples and community oraginizations parents are taught how to answer their children's questions openly and honestly. 
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