STD/STI

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)

  • Most common STI.
  • At least 50% of sexually active men and women get genital HPV at some point in their lives.
  • CThe most commonly reported infectious diseases in the U.S.
  • Can cause infections in the genitals, anal area, and throat.
  • Pose a particular risk to the health of women, as both can result in infertility if left untreated.
  • The greater the number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of infection.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

  • The most commonly reported infectious diseases in the U.S.
  • Can cause infections in the genitals, anal area, and throat.
  • Pose a particular risk to the health of women, as both can result in infertility if left untreated.
  • The greater the number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of infection.

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

Herpes

  • You can get genital herpes from an infected partner, even if infected partner has no symptoms.
  • Causes sores on and around genitals, anal area, and/or mouth.
  • There is no cure for herpes but medication is used to reduce symptoms.

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.