There is a lot of information available about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections on the Internet – in fact, there’s so much information out there, it is difficult to tell what’s accurate and what’s not.

So allow us to provide you with some essential and 100% true facts about STDs:

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  • Estimated number of people living in the US with a STD: 65 million.
  • Approximate number of new STD infections in the US per year: 20 million.
  • As many as one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25 – and most are not aware of it.
  • Some untreated STDs and infections (like syphilis and gonorrhea) are linked to infertility in women and can increase your risk of getting cancer.
  • Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States, with an estimated 2.86 million infections occurring annually.
  • Every year, more than 750, 00 women are reported to have acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
  • It is easy to get online STD testing and know your status in 24-48 hours.
  • At least 50% of sexually active people will get genital human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point during their lifetime.
  • Nearly half of the reported Hepatitis A virus cases have no specific risk factor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anyone – particularly people who have not received a Hepatitis A vaccination can transmit the virus. HAV presents itself as an acute infectious disease of the liver.
  • Gonorrhea can affect the genitals, eyes, anus, mouth, or throat; symptoms vary – depending on what part of your body is infected. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to infertility or complications in pregnant women.
  • Syphilis is contracted through direct contact with a small, firm, painless sore called a chancre, which is typically initiated through vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person.
  • Oral Herpes are not the same as Genital Herpes. The primary difference is the place the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) affects.
  • Approximately 50% to 80% of adults are affected with Oral herpes (HSV-1) in the United States. Transmitting the (HSV) through open-mouth or closed-mouth kissing is a common occurrence.
  • The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne (blood contamination infection) in the United States. An estimated 15,000 people die every year from HCV related liver disease.
  • Though trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that is relatively easy to cure, the disease can increase a person’s risk of acquiring HIV if untreated. According to the CDC, pregnant women with trichomoniasis can deliver premature, low birth weight babies.
  • Each year in the United States about 50,000 people get infected with HIV. Your chance of encountering a sexual partner infected with HIV is relatively easy. Take preventative measure to keep yourself STD and HIV free.
  • You cannot contract a sexually transmitted disease through masturbation. The only way is through skin-to-skin contact with another person, unprotected sexual intercourse, or direct contact with infected blood.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) can stay in a person’s system only to flare up without warning. The only way to be sure is to get tested regularly.

The great news is that STDs and STIs are treatable and many can be cured.  The first step is to take control of your sexual health and get tested. If you are sexually active and suspect that you may have contracted one or more STD, you may want to consider the HIV RNA test or the all-inclusive 10 STD test panel that will cover you for most common STDs at once, including HIV-1 and HIV-2.

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