STD Information

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If you are sexually active, pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned with. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are common, many leaving lifelong consequences. If caught in time, some can be cured while others cannot. Viruses, bacteria and parasites are the causes for STD’s, with many having little or no symptoms.

The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in the US. Among half of the new cases are young people between the ages of 15-24. There are at least 25 known STDs in the world today, these are the most common occurring today.

Here’s Some Information On Common STD’s

  • HPV (human papillomavirus) – HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire a genital HPVV infection at some point in their lives. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms; therefore, most infected people are unaware they are infected–meaning unsuspecting transmittal to a sex partner.
  • Chlamydia – Chlamydia is the most frequent reported STD in the United States. It is bacterial and any sexually active person can be infected. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Due to the cervix lack of full maturity in teen and young women, there is a high risk for infection.
  • Gonorrhea – Gonorrhea symptoms in women are often mild. Most women who are infected have no symptoms while some symptoms risk being mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.
  • Syphilis – Syphilis symptoms progress in three stages and the severity varies by person. Severe and irreversible damage can happen to the body. Syphilis is treated with antibiotics, however, damage already caused by this disease cannot be undone and may result in death.

Over 1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. About one-fourth of those have not yet been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.

Be Informed. Know The Facts. Get Tested.

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