By Craig Regis

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health problem in Boston. In 2010, there were more than 4,400 reported cases of Chlamydia, making it the most common STD in Boston. Chlamydia can lead to infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Both men and women can get Chlamydia and it often doesn’t show any symptoms.

The second most common STD in Boston is gonorrhea. This can also lead to infertility in both men and women, and it can be very painful for men while urinating.

April is STD Awareness Month, and it’s time to take charge of your sexual health: get yourself tested!

All you have to do is pee in a cup – NO SHOTS. And getting rid of Chlamydia or gonorrhea is as easy as taking antibiotic pills.

To locate a testing site near you, visit here and type in your zip code.

Or call the Mayor’s Health Line for more information: 1-800-847-0710

Also, follow us on Twitter @HealthyBoston.

Craig Regis is a project manager in the Infectious Disease Bureau. He likes long walks on the beach and talking about STDs.

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