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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

20 Million People EVERY Year Are Infected With an STD -- And 6 Others Facts You Didn't Know About STDs

STD Facts

An STD, an acronym for Sexually Transmitted Disease, is a serious infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual. STDs affect people as young as 15 or even younger and can easily be passed on from one individual to another through sexual contact.

Due to the large number of people infected with STD and its potential for causing more serious health issues, here are seven facts about the condition that most people are unaware of:

#1 - New cases of STD are diagnosed every year, and the number diagnosed in the U.S. alone totals 20 million a year.

#2 - Half of all STD infections are among young people ages 15 to 24.

#3 - It cost $16 billion a year to diagnose and treat STDs in the U.S.

#4 - About 47 percent of new HIV cases and 69 percent of new gonorrhea cases in the U.S. in 2010 were among African Americans. African American women have chlamydia infections, a type of STD, that are seven times higher than white women.

#5 - Infertility can result from STDs that are not treated. In the U.S., about 24,000 women each year are rendered infertile because of untreated STDs.

#6 - The most common STD is Human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cancer. In the U.S., 79 million people are infected with HPV.

#7 - Vaccinations are available for HPV, but the U.S. has one of the worst HPV vaccination rates of all developed countries. Vaccination rates are also the lowest in southern states where there is also the highest rate in cervical cancer.

Preventing STDs

Education is the key to preventing STD infections. For more information on STDs and how you can protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/STD/
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practitioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.
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