#10 Half of People Worldwide
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year in the U.S. Even more surprising is that worldwide, over 50% of people will eventually become infected with a sexually transmitted disease at some time in their life.
#9 Teens Are Most Susceptible
When it comes to new cases of sexually transmitted infections, teens are the most likely to become infected. People between the ages of 15 to 24 account for 50% of all new STDs, even though they represent just 25% of the sexually experienced population.
#8 There Are New STDs
The old reliable STDs like gonorrhea and syphilis are not the only things sexually active people need to worry about. New sexually transmitted diseases are discovered all the time. The new kid in town is mycoplasma genitalium, known as MG. The bacterial infection is responsible for pelvic inflammation and is spread through sexual contact.
#7 Herpes Reigns Supreme
The most prevalent sexually transmitted infection is genital herpes. There are an estimated 800,000 new cases of herpes in the United States every year. Unfortunately, condoms do not provide full protection from herpes, since a person can contract the disease through contact with a herpes sore on any part of the body.
#6 STDs are More Common Than Pregnancy
When it comes to unprotected sex, most of the headlines involve an unexpected pregnancy. A girl is four times more likely to get an STD than become pregnant after having sex, according to Laura K. Egendorf’s book, Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
#5 Your Eyes Aren’t Safe
Sexually transmitted infections are not limited to genitals and areas near them. STDs can actually infect your yes. Gonorrhea and chlamydia, which can spread from just a trace, often infect the eyes because people tend to touch their face and eye areas.
#4 Most People Get Herpes as Children
Over 50 percent of the adult population in America has oral herpes, which also are simply called fever blisters or cold sores. Most people get oral herpes when they are children, simply by getting a kiss on the cheek from a parent, friend, or relative.
#3 HIV is Still Common
Despite the success of new HIV and AIDS drugs, the infection rate for HIV remains high. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that every 9½ minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV. There are about 60,000 new cases in America ever year, and over 1 million Americans have HIV.
#2 Latex Condoms Are the Best Defense
The best prevention of STDs is still the use of latex condoms. Although condoms are not 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy or disease, they are still very effective when they are used correctly during the entire act.
#1 Vaccines Offer Protection
There are vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV. Young women and girls should get the HPV vaccine and it can be effective through age 26. Men and boys should also get the HPV vaccine, through age 21. There is also a Hepatitis B vaccine.