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Juan Dela Cruz (left) and Sandra Smith (right) discussing the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

Juan Dela Cruz (left) and Sandra Smith (right) discussing the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

Christopher Cocay

Christopher Cocay

Juan Dela Cruz (left) and Sandra Smith (right) discussing the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

Christopher Cocay, Reporter

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The Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Prevention Program by Kaiser Permanente was held at Bakersfield College on Sept. 30. The program consisted of a stage play titled “What Goes Around.” The play tackled the dangers of STDs and how to prevent getting them. The play revolves around a group of high school students who caught several types of STDs from having unprotected sexual relations with each other.

The program discussed that having unprotected sex can lead to getting serious diseases like herpes, chlamydia, HPV, gonorrhea, or in worst case scenario, HIV that can lead to AIDS.

One of the speakers said that if someone is infected with these STDs, they may not have any symptoms and the best way to tell is to get tested.

HPV is the most common STD. This type of disease can lead to infertility and cervical cancer in women if not treated. A certain strain of HPV can cause genital warts, while others may have symptoms such as itching and irregular discharge. However, many forms of HPV are symptomless. It can also cause penile cancer in men. There is currently no cure for HPV.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be easily treated by taking antibiotics.

Chlamydia is a short-term disease that can last for five days if the right treatment is received. The most common symptoms are white or cloudy, watery discharge, and bleeding, but, like with many STDs, the person infected may show no symptoms.

Smith and De La Cruz mentioned that high school students have a high risk of getting STDs. It is very likely for a woman to get a disease from a man.

Smith said that best way to prevent getting these diseases is to use condoms with water based lubricant and to make sure that the condom is not backwards.

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