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Ten STD Facts to be Aware Of

More than 65 million Americans have an incurable STD and each year 20 million new cases are reported.  Half of these infections are among people ages 15 to 24 resulting in long-term consequences for them.

Facts to Know About STDS

Education and awareness are essential when it comes to avoiding contact with an STD.  Talking to your partner and taking steps to practice safe sex and of the utmost importance.  Here are some facts on STDs to keep in mind:

  1. The estimated number of people living in the U.S. with an STD  is over 65 million and one in two sexually active people contract an STD before reaching 25.
  2. Medical costs associated with STDs in the U.S. are estimated at $13 billion per year.
  3. According to the CDC, each year there are approximately 333 million new cases of STDs in the world.
  4. While some STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable, if not treated they can cause infertility, chronic pain, serious birth defects, miscarriages and even death.
  5. Even with more public awareness about STDs and safer sex after the discovery of HIV, the number of people infected with STDs still grows.
  6. While most STDs can be accurately tested soon after exposure, HIV should be tested for most accurate results about six months after possible exposure.
  7. CDC estimates that 20 million Americans are currently infected with the genital human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause cervical cancer.
  8. HPV is believed to cause oral cancer in men at the same rate as alcohol and tobacco.
  9. One in four teen girls has an STD, with HPV by far being the most common of them.
  10. One out of 20 people will become infected with Hepatitis B during their life.

 

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