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STDs Are More Common Than College Degrees

College isn’t cheap or an easy process to complete. It’s grueling and challenges students in many different ways. Getting a college degree is a real accomplishment in 2013 because so many people don’t have the opportunity to attend university. But, it’s unfortunate to know that people are now more likely to get an STD than a college degree.

The statistics on STDs

College-students-working-for-their-degreesIn 2008 there were 19.7 million new cases of patients with STDs. Of those cases, 10 million were seen in patients 15 to 24-years-old, putting the main college demographic right in the middle of the mess. With just over 1,500,000 students getting their bachelor’s degree, new STD cases outnumbered degrees 6-to-1.

What does this say about us?

Some would argue that having sex is proving to be more important than achieving a college degree, and they may have a good point. We, however, think a little bit differently. College degrees take four years or more to achieve, sometimes a little bit less than that. While college students are on their journey to get their diploma, they have many opportunities to have sex. That very clearly doesn’t take four years.

Also, you have to look at the 15 to 22-year-olds who won’t get college degrees but are having sex. It’s not to say they won’t get degrees, they just won’t get them the year they’re diagnosed.

Priorities and Choices

College degrees are important, but this isn’t a question of priorities. It’s a matter of choices. If you choose to have sex, know the risks. Always practice safe sex. Always let your partner know if you have an STD or have been treated for them in the past. And we can’t stress this enough — If you’re having sex regularly or with different partners, get tested regularly!

If you’re a college student, best of luck on your way to getting that degree.

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  1. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Florence on April 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    New cases of STDs outnumbered degrees 6-1, that is quite shocking.

  2. Comment by Northwestern Extract on April 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    The sad thing is I don’t see this status going down, so it is more important than ever to get tested.

  3. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Brandon on April 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    What are very alarming stat, to think that our college graduates out there are out numbered by sexually transmitted diseases. It’s a true sign that education can only work if it’s applied. Make sure to increase awareness and help spread the word.

  4. Comment by Damewood Technologies on April 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    These stats are so shocking, but it is good to be knowledgeable about this.

  5. Comment by ReMax Results - Ed Rippee on April 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    It is great that you address issues like STDs in teens and adults. These are not to be overlooked.

  6. Comment by A&D Heating and Cooling on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    This is a prime example that we need to educate our youth early in their adolescence. Awareness and education will be the best way to help swing these numbers away from each other.

  7. Comment by Raynor Garage Doors on April 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Funny comparison. STDs are a good topic to talk about.

  8. Comment by Performance Trucks on April 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    That is pretty scary to hear, but its absolutely believable. Hope this improves in the future!

  9. Comment by Fletcher, Rohrbaugh, & Chahine on April 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What a truly alarming statistic. Americans are going to have to do a better job in getting awareness about this unfortunate situation.

  10. Comment by Rudroff Heating & Air Conditioning on April 25, 2013 at 12:49 am

    These statistics are flooring. It is sad, but it is a topic we have to address.

  11. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Altamonte Springs on April 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    That is a LOT of new STD cases. Are our children no longer being taught the importance of using protection, or abstinence?

  12. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Golden Valley on April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    This is definitely not good news.

  13. Comment by LifePhoto on April 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    for as alarming as this sounds, it does not surprise me to hear. Just hope we can bring down the numbers in the future.

  14. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Olathe on April 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I think its time we start educating out youth or were going to be in a bit of trouble. Thanks for the heads up

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