STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases that are spread by someone who has an STD. One out of four teens in the U.S. every year becomes infected with an STD by the age of 25. Anyone can get an STD, but the rates are higher among minority social and ethnic groups. Why?
Reasons not related to race
Race is not the cause of the higher STD incident rate among minorities. Rather, it is related to social conditions. These include poverty, unemployment, lack of education, and other conditions that make it more difficult for people within these social groups to stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all new cases of STDs are young people between the ages of 15-24.
Where are STDs the highest?
There are states where the rate of STDs are the highest in comparison with other U.S. states. The top 10 include: Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, New York, and North Carolina.
Not surprising, the U.S. Census Bureau also lists North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi among the poorest states in the Union.
Danger of STDs
STDs are serious illnesses that require treatment. Many cannot be cured but can be treated. Some, such as HIV, can be deadly. Others can leave women unable to have children and can also damage the eyes, heart and other organs.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from STDs, visit: