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VIA UPI:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — High school students in Washington, D.C., will be offered tests for sexually transmitted diseases after a program found lots of infected kids, officials said.

The pilot program, conducted last year at eight local high schools, found 13 percent of some 3,000 students tested positive for an STD, mostly gonorrhea or chlamydia, the District of Columbia health department said.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the two most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States.

Untreated, gonorrhea can lead to sterility and chlamydia can cause serious reproductive and other health problems with both short- and long-term consequences.

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