Stds / Sti's

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections

Many people think of a sexually transmitted disease (std) as something only others get. Unfortunately, this is incorrect.

Attitude towards sexually transmitted diseases (stds)

One survey found that the majority of men and women believe the current rate of infections among Americans was 1 in 10 or less, while only 14% of men and 8% of women believe they are personally at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (std).

Many also believe the myth that somehow it must be obvious when someone has an std or the only serious std is HIV or AIDS.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The reality of sexually transmitted diseases (stds)

A sexually transmitted disease (std) does not respect socioeconomic status, age, race, sexual preference, politics or geography.

It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 people in the United States currently has a sexually transmitted disease and that 1 in 4 Americans will get an std at some stage during their lifetime.

According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), of the 10 most frequently reported infections nationwide, 50% are sexually transmitted diseases (stds).

Furthermore, it is also calculated that one in three sexually active people will have contracted an std by the age of 24 years.

Regardless of age, everyone is at risk of contracting an std, although it is teenagers and those under 25 years of age who are most at risk.

Std infection rates

  • 15 million new STD cases occur each year.
  • 40 million Americans carry the herpes virus.
  • 70 million Americans are currently living with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD)

Std prevention

  • Simple preventative measures such as using a condom and regular testing if you are sexually active will help protect you and keep you protected, as well as any sexual partners you may have.

 

 

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