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.
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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