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STDs in the US… 110 Million People Have Them

You read that title correctly, folks. Over one hundred, ten million people in the United States are living with sexually transmitted diseases (source).

STDs = Scary Stuff

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted and published the results of the study:  Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Results yielded interesting findings about the diseases and the annual cost of treatment.

  • 20 million new diagnoses of STDs each year. Half occur in young people, 15 to 24 years in age.
  • Treating 20 million new patients costs $16 billion annually.

“Because some STIs — especially HIV — require lifelong treatment and care, they are by far the costliest. In addition, HPV is particularly costly due to the expense of treating HPV-related cancers. However, the annual cost of curable STIs is also significant ($742 million). Among these, chlamydia is most common and therefore the most costly,” the report said.

Clearly there needs to be a nationwide focus on prevention, especially with young people. Perhaps the most startling number out of all of the research – is that STDs are a problem in those age 15! It is up to the parents to educate children on the dangers of STDs. The dangers are too real and too great.

Some Recommendations

The Center for Disease Control gives some tips to recommendations for preventing and treating STDs.


  • Everyone needs an HIV test.
  • All sexually active women aged 25 and under, along with older women who have risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, should be screened annually for chlamydia.
  • Pregnant women should be screened for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and hepatitis B, while at-risk pregnant women should be screened for gonorrhea during their first prenatal visit.
  • All sexually active gay and bisexual men should be screened at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV.
  • The CDC promotes Gardasil for girls teenage girls through the age of 26 and teenage guys through the age of 21. It’s the only vaccine that protects against all four types of HPV (source).

Do your part to prevent STDs

Yes – you. We didn’t get to 110 million without denial. If you are sexually active, make sure to get tested regularly. Are you a parent? Teach your teen about the dangers of sexual activity – especially unprotected sex.

You can help us stop this problem.

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posted in STD Prevention,STDs and have Comments (8)


  1. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Irving on February 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    STD’s have become a major problem in the United States. There are plenty of resources out there to help educate the youth of these unfortunate circumstances. Making sure that the awareness level is high will hopefully protect our youth from these diseases.

  2. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Richmond on February 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    WOW! What an ‘in-your-face’ number. I hope this post opens a lot of peoples eyes about STD’s, especially teens.

  3. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Prairie Village on February 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    This is important information for parents to have. Hopefully the next generation can help break this upward trend.

  4. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Brandon on February 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    It’s amazing how much this problem has developed. To bring that number back down, we’ll all have to do our part to keep STDs from spreading.

  5. Comment by Fletcher, Rohrbaugh, & Chahine on February 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    It is so unfortunate to see the news of this. The spreading of these disease relies on many factors to help educate our youth, and stop this spread.

  6. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Fort Myers on February 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    It’s a shame that something so terrible is so widespread. The first step is educating the masses, the second is taking the precautions needed on a personal level.

  7. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cuyahoga Falls on February 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    We need to have better education on this subject in our schools. Abstinence is the best policy, but it doesn’t educate our youth on the dangers and consequences of not following it.

  8. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jackson on March 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This is a really high number. I really think educating out teens is really important. They need to know early on. Let them know it isn’t an awful, hush hush thing.

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