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Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Information

According to Planned Parenthood:

  • More than half of sexually active individuals will contract an STI at some point during their life.
  • Certain types of sexually acquired HPV (genital warts) are also now considered to be a cause of most cancers of the vagina vulva, anus, and penis. Although each of these cancers occurs less frequently than does cervical cancer, taken together they equal nearly half the number of cases of cervical cancer in the United States
  • Chlamydia is the most comm.on bacterial STI in the U.S. and is most common among sexually active men and women under the age of 25.
  • Nationwide, 1 in 6 American adults are infected with genital herpes.

According to American Sexual Health Association:

  • More than 50% of the adult population in the United States has oral herpes.
  • If a person with oral herpes performs oral sex, it is possible for the partner to get herpes on the genitals.
  • In the United States, HPV (genital warts) is considered to be the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). At least 80% of the sexually active population is exposed to at least one or more types of HPV at some point in their lives– although most do not develop symptoms. Because HPV is so common and prevalent, a person does not need have to have a lot of sexual partners to come into contact with this virus.

The main difference between STIs is that some STIs are caused by bacteria and other STIs are caused by viruses. Bacterial STIs, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, are often cured with antibiotics. However, irreversible damage may occur if not treated promptly. Viral STIs have no cure, but some of their symptoms can be alleviated with treatment.

For more information about the different types of STIs please visit the CDC.GYT colorful logo only