Half of the people reading this will get an STD by age 25
April 3, 2019
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs or STIs) are on the rise. The CDC reports over 20 million new STD cases occur each year in the US. To grasp how alarming the problem is, consider that one in every two people that are sexually active, will contract an STD before age 25. There are ways to prevent and protect from STDs, such as condoms, but the most important thing is to be tested regularly.
Educate Yourself with Facts
- One of the most common STDs in the US is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is estimated that at least 80% of sexually active people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime.
- Did you know that you can have HPV or Chlamydia and not know it?
- Roughly 1 in 8 people between the ages of 14 and 49 have Genital Herpes.
- STDs that are on the rise include: Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis.
- Approximately 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 out of every 7 don’t know they have it. People who have STDs are more likely to contract HIV.
GYT (Get Yourself Tested)
Testing for STDs is NBD (No Big Deal). The process is quick and painless, usually consisting of leaving a urine sample or possibly a quick swab. The cost, if done at the Cook Clinic, is free of charge. The most important thing is to get tested sooner than later. If untreated, many STDs can cause serious health complications such as difficulty getting pregnant, infertility, and an increased risk of some cancers, such as Cervical and Liver Cancer. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your healthcare provider.