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STD Statistics and Why You Should Get Tested!
- 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25.
- Most young people with STDs don’t even know they have them. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure.
- STDs are really common – every year there are more than 20 million new cases in the U.S.
- Left untreated, some STDs can cause infertility or increase your risk of getting cancer.
- More than 50 percent of sexually active people will get HPV at some point during their lives.
(From this article in The Huffington Post)
Don’t know where to go?!?!
Check out The STI Project’s list of resources – updated monthly and always containing the most relevant and up-to-date STD information on the net.
Coming from someone who knows…
I contracted an STD at the age of 16 and came into contact with another in my 20’s.
I tell more of my STD story in my STD Interview.
Getting tested is the first step to finding out whether you have an STD.
After you are tested, reach out, communicate and share your story with others.
People are afraid to talk about STDs and that is why these statistics have become so frightening.
Even better – come here and share your story so an even greater network of ‘others’ can learn from your experiences – tell us about people you know and care about with an STD or tell us about your STD. You can also always feel free to contact me with questions!
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