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How common are STDs?
70 million Americans currently have an STD
Every year, 9 million people under 25 years old get a new STD
One-half of sexually active young people contract an STD by the time they are 25
Of Americans 14 and older, 1 in 6 have herpes
Are there long-term effects of having STDs?
Human Papilloma virus (HPV), which causes genital warts, accounts for more than 95% of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 5,000 American women yearly
About 1/3 of infertility in women is caused by STDs
Will I have symptoms if I have STDs? 80% of people who have an STD experience no noticeable symptoms
Am I protected from STDs if I only have oral or anal sex? The following STDs are transmitted via oral and anal sex: chlamydia, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C; anal sex is extremely risky for HIV.
How effective are condoms in preventing STDs? Consistent use of condoms during vaginal sex:
reduces the risk of HIV by 85%
reduces the risk of chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis by 50%