Facts About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

by David · 13 comments

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (n.) are defined as “infections that we acquire from another individual through sexual contact.”

HPV virus that causes genital warts

Microscopic view of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - Genital Warts

Grade school sex ed classes usually brush the basics about STDs and some interesting statistics are taught but they are taught at such a young age that many people forget what they learned when it actually comes time to need the information. That’s how it was in the past, at least, when teenage transmission of STDs was uncommon.

Nowadays everything has changed… Education of sexually transmitted infections learned in junior high school is important and relevant now more than ever. The age of sexual maturity keeps getting lower and lower and our next generation is at a huge risk.

1 in 4 teenage girls is infected with an STD

1 in 4 teenage girls is infected with an STD

We’ve collected some interesting facts about sexually transmitted diseases that you might have learned about in school. For those of us who never received sex ed in high school, some of this might be new. When I was growing up, nobody had ever even heard of AIDS. Times have definitely changed and it is important that you share this information with your children so they understand the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.

1. There are over 25 different infections that are spread through sexual contact.

Each year approximately 19 million additional people are infected with an STD and over 50% of these infections are coming from teenagers and young adults, aged 15-24. It’s incredible to think about a 15 year old child becoming infected with an STD but it’s happening and we need to spread awareness. The trends these days aren’t looking good for the next generation. Children and teens are having sex at a much younger age than in the past decades and the number of teenage pregnancies has skyrocketed.

2. STDs can lead to infertility, cancer, and many other serious problems.

Genital warts (HPV) is the #1 cause of cervical cancer in women

Genital warts (HPV) is the #1 cause of cervical cancer in women

When left untreated, STDs can cause serious harm to your body, especially in women, and in particular, teenage girls. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), more commonly known as genital warts, is the leading cause of cervical cancer in the world. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death in women but thanks to new advancements in medicine, this figure has decreased in recent years. However, we’re not exactly in the clear yet. In 2006, nearly 4,000 women died of untreated cervical cancer. There is currently no cure for HPV but there are suppressive treatments available.

3. AIDS is not as rare as you think.

For many people living in first world countries, AIDS seems like a disease that’s far from home. While it’s true that Africa is the #1 breeding ground for AIDS, the disease has been spread to every country in the world and NOBODY is safe. In 2009, 2.6 million new cases of AIDS infections were reported and 1.8 million people died due to the fatal disease. In the United States, 26,000 people died last year. It’s time for a wake up call. In total, over 25 million people have died globally from AIDS since it’s birth in 1981.

4. Condoms do not always protect against STDs.

Latex condoms are highly effective in fighting unwanted pregnancy but their ability to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is not as powerful. Any sexually transmitted disease which is spread through skin to skin contact (as opposed to through seminal fluid) can be transmitted even with the use of a condom. Genital warts and genital herpes are amongst the most commonly spread under this condition. It should be noted that proper and effective use of latex condoms can prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

5. One in four teenage girls has an STD.

This last one should be a huge shocker for everyone. One in four teenage girls has had or currently has an STD, with genital warts (HPV) being the most common by a large margin. Numbers like this should make you sick. 25% of our school aged children are already infected by a disease that is preventable, yet incurable. These diseases spread virally so there is no doubt that the number of infections will increase drastically over the next few years unless we increase awareness.

Proper condom use can prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS

Proper condom use can prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS

Statistics about STD Infections in the United States

  • Chlamydia

    • Infects 4 Million people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through body fluid
    • Curable with antibiotics
  • Gonorrhea

    • Infects 718,000 people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through body fluid
    • Curable with antibiotics although some strains are incurable
  • Syphilis

    • Infects 31,000 people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through skin to skin contact
    • Curable with antibiotics
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV, genital warts)

    • Infects 6.2 million people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through skin to skin contact
    • Incurable
  • Genital Herpes (HSV)

    • Infects 1.6 million people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through skin to skin contact
    • Incurable
  • HIV/AIDS

    • Infects 40,000 people each year in the United States
    • Transmitted through bodily fluids
    • Incurable

Preventing the Spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STD testing through a doctor is highly important and saves lives

STD testing through a doctor is highly important and saves lives

STD testing is the absolute most important thing a sexually active teenager should do at least once a year. Early detection is not only important to the carrier’s health, but also the health of the would-be unknowing future partners. I hope these facts about sexually transmitted diseases have helped you realize how much of a problem we are truly faced with.

Whether or not you believe in teaching sexual education in schools, you cannot ignore the fact that teenagers are the main demographic for spreading a sexually transmitted infection.

To help spread the word about preventing sexually transmitted infections, please share this page with friends and family and send it to others you care about. Together we can fight the transmission of STDs worldwide!

[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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  • nicholas

    thanks for showing me this… i cant believe how many people are running around out there with genital warts. i posted this to my facebook wall so hopefully i did my part to spread the word around the community…

  • http://www.positivemate.com James lord

    yes. nice article.. i will share it on my twitter and Positivemate,, com .. more people need know this.

  • Chris Murphy

    Yeah I have a teenage daughter and I can’t believe that 1 in 4 statistic… absolutely crazy…

  • Hannah

    as embarrassing as it is, i’ve had nearly every STD you listed above except for HIV/AIDS (thank god)… i know what its like to be a part of a statistic.

    i first got genital warts when i was 17 years old and i’m 22 now. they still pop up every now and then and i hate it. i had no idea that 6 million people each year were infected with HPV… i would’ve thought the number wouldve been alot lower. guess not. we really need start working together to get the word out cause this is crazy.

    btw i shared this article on facebook and twitter and i suggest everyone else who reads this to do the same. c’mon guys seriously these numbers are crazy!!!

    Hannah

  • David Jvorski

    good article… read this on digg. well put and easy to read. A+

  • jenny m

    can u still get genital warts even if the person u sleep with hasnt had them for over a year??

  • Mitch Naverez

    Hello Dr…..

    Are these numbers updated for 2010 with the CDC?

    Thank you.

  • http://www.mygenitalwarts.com/ David

    @Mitch These numbers were retrieved from the official CDC website this year. They should be up to date.

    @Jenny Yes. You can still get genital warts from a person who’s warts are in remission. They are still carriers of the virus and can spread it to other people. That’s why its so important to have full disclosure relationships and know your partner before getting sexually intimate.

    @Hannah @Nicholas Thank you for sharing this article. You have generated quite a few hits thanks to your actions. We greatly appreciate the help in spreading the word about sexually transmitted diseases! We encourage everyone else to share this article as well. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get the word out any way you can.

    Sincerely,
    David a.k.a. MyGW Admin

  • Drew

    this is disgusting lol…

  • http://www.mygenitalwarts.com/ David

    In order to spread the word about the prevention of STD’s, I have started an advertising campaign out of my own pocket which will hopefully bring new users to this page who will then share the information with their friends.

    Remember… KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

  • Sam

    Thanks for this article.. it’s really a wake up call. I have been very sexually active and I’m always careful, but yet still. I’ve contracted 4 different viruses.. Crabs and pink eye when I was 22, anal warts when i was 24 and now only recently I have been told by a sexual partner that he has chlamydia! I have 1 or 2 symptoms, but i’m unsure. I’ll be going for check up next week and hope for the best. I’m going to stop with this crazy lifestyle.. it’s getting out of control

  • Dan

    You forgot to mention:

    The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (appears a number of times on their website)

    We need to return to a mentality that we’re not animals and we can learn to discipline our urges.

    Just imagine if everyone subscribed or even most – new infection and diseases would almost disappear…

    Lets put the fire back in the fireplace… One sexual partner for life…

  • Carrie

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