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STD: Facts

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases are the most common diseases in American next to the common cold and flu.
  • More than 1 in 4 young women – 26% – are presently infected with an STD (3.2 million girls aged 14 – 19.
  • Nearly 19 million people become newly infected with STDs yearly – an average of 52,000/day.
  • 15 – 24 year olds are only one fourth of the sexually active population, but account for nearly one half of the STD infections.
  • 65 million Americans are infected with an incurable STD.
  • 30 – 50 different kinds of STDs exist, 25 of which occur commonly.
  • 20 different STDs are rampant among the young. At least 25 STDs are spread primarily through sexual contact.
  • There are approximately 9,100,000 new STD cases each year among 15 – 24 year-olds – nearly 25,000 per day.
  • Often, people infected with STDs do not have initial symptoms and can transmit disease unknowingly to new partners.
  • STDs are contagious even when no symptoms exist.
  • New strains of STDS have been found that are resistant to treatment.
    STDs often cause chronic pain and permanent damage.
  • If you become infected with certain common STDs, it can increase your chance of contracting HIV/AIDS by up to 5 times.
  • Some STDs are incurable, life long infections. Some can lead to life-threatening diseases and even death.

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