General Facts

  • 25% of young adults in the U.S. are infected with one or more STDs.
  • A person is diagnosed with an STD every 20.8 minutes in Maricopa County.
  • Up to 80% of persons with an STD do not experience symptoms.
  • STDs increase the risk of acquiring HIV.
  • STDs, including HIV, can be transmitted to infants during pregnancy.
  • STDs can be transmitted through oral, vaginal and/or anal sex.
  • Women are more susceptible to STDs than men.
  • Chlamydia is the most commonly reported infections disease in the U.S.
  • Most doctors don't routinely screen for STDs.
  • A girl is four times more likely to contract an STD than she is to become pregnant.
  • Each year there are approximately 333 million new cases of STDs in the world.
  • Women and their children are at much greater risk than men for long-lasting or permanent consequences of STDs.
  • The estimated number of people living in the U.S. with a viral STD is over 65 million.
  • One in two sexually active people will contract an STD before the age of 25.
  • Although teenagers and young adults represent only 25% of the sexually active population, 15-24 year olds account for nearly half of all STDs diagnosed each year.
  • Every day in America, 12,000 teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Almost two million Americans have Chlamydia Trachomatis at any given time.
  • STDs cannot be acquired in a swimming pool or public bathroom. Most STDs are spread only through direct genital contact and begin to die immediately after they leave the infected person.
  • The only STD that affects more men than women is syphilis.
  • A girl is four times more likely to contract an STI/STD than she is to become pregnant.
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