The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15-24.


Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are among the physical consequences of sex and/or sexual activity. STDs can be viral or non-viral. Non-viral STDs can be treated and cured if caught in a timely manner. Viral STDs are not curable, meaning they may be with you for life. Many of the symptoms of non-viral STDs may be treatable; however it is something that you may have to deal with for the long haul.


HPV (human papillomavirus)



Chlamydia and Gonorrhea



The CDC estimates that undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year.


Herpes



Chlamydia and gonorrhea, along with the STDs Syphilis and Herpes, have also been associated with increased HIV transmission.


Sex is a big deal. Make informed decisions. Respect yourself.






"Reported STDs in the United States” Center for Disease Control, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 21 May 2014. PDF.
Medical Institute (www.medinstitute.org)"Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet.”. Center for Disease Control, 15 May 2014. Web. 22 May 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm.