Top 10 STD Facts


  1. About 50% of all STDs occur in people under age 25.1
  2. At least 1 out of 2 sexually active people get a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.2
  3. Abstinence is the most reliable way to prevent STDs.3
  4. There are at least 141 different STIs, many of which are incurable.4
  5. Untreated STIs can cause Chronic Pain, Infertility, Cancer, and Death.5
  6. You cans till get an STI such as herpes or HPV if you use a condom.6
  7. Girls on the pill are at an increased risk of contracting an STD.
  8. In 2009, Chlamydia infections became the largest number of cases ever reported to the CDC.7
  9. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported disease in the United States.8
  10. 27% of gonorrhea strains are now multi-antibiotic resistant.9


1 Centers for Disease Control. November 2009.| 2 Centers for Disease Control. "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet. December 2009.| 3 New York City Department of Health and Medicine. 2011.| 4 WrongfulDiagnosis. January 26,2011. | 5 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. August 2008.| 6 Centers for Disease Control. Accessed 8/17/09. | 7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2009. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.| 8 IBID | 9 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, 2007.
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