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How Common Are STDs in America

8 Surprising Stats About Who Has STDs in America

Sixty-five million people are living with STDs in the United States, and each year 15 million people contract one or more infections. Yet it's one of the most under-recognized health problems in the country. Here's a breakdown of just how surprisingly common they are.

  1. 20 percent of people in the US has an STD.
  2. 50 percent of sexually active youths will contract an STD by 25.
  3. 20 percent of high-school girls have an STD.
  4. 1 in 5 people over 12 have genital herpes as a result of type one or two herpes, though most genital herpes are from type two.
  5. Only around 10 to 25 percent of people infected with genital herpes know they have it.
  6. 15 new STDs are reported by porn actors and actresses each week.
  7. Chlamydia is the most common STD. Women are three times more likely to be infected than men; however, it is thought to be due to the higher number of women screened for it.
  8. HIV is the least common with 20,000 new cases per year.

Are you surprised?

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Tonii2010 Tonii2010 6 years
I hate the simple fact that I live in MS we get vote number one for almost every negative thing that you can think of. Also most MS school do not teach about sex at all. When I was in public schools, alot of kids had STD and they were just in the ninth and tenth. We did not have sex education period not even about abstinence. Most of my friends from neighboring states were the same as well.
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
"People of The Lie", M. Scott Peck.
NaturallyGlam NaturallyGlam 7 years
Chaton: They probably meant to say "have had an STD."
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Glad to see my brothel-ridden state of sin is on the lower end ;)
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
So much for the Bible Belt.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
Per my drug reference: "HSV-1 infection is common in childhood. By the fourth decade, approximately 90% of individuals will be seropositive for HSV-1. In lower socioeconomic groups, the incidence is even higher. HSV-2 is less common than HSV-1, and primary infections tend to occur in an older age group. The seroprevalence of HSV-2 in the U.S. is increasing and over 20% of the general population demonstrates serologic evidence of past HSV-2 infection. It is important to note that only a minority of individuals seropositive for HSV-2 report having had genital lesions. Clearly, there are thousands of asymptomatic carriers of HSV-2 who are potential transmitters of HSV-2. Seroprevalence correlates well with increasing sexual activity. The general rule that HSV-1 causes “above the waist” infections and HSV-2 causes “below the waist” infections holds true for the most part, but cross infections are increasingly common." Based on this information, it the 1:5 ratio is plausible, but of course is just an estimate. This is also why the HPV vaccines target girls over 9 years old. And I agree with many of the sentiments above: education is key. I'm all for abstinence and safe sex promotion. Both are important but we would be amiss to assume that every youngster will choose to be abstinent.
kea718 kea718 7 years
So the lesson here is... DON'T SLEEP WITH ANYBODY FROM MISSISSIPPI!!!! Lol.... I'm actually kinda shocked FL doesn't have a higher STD rate... I mean Miami alone is rampant with it....
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Where's the disparity between your facts and your map coming from? You say that 20% (1 out of 5) of the US population has an STD, but in the most densely std-ed state shows a rate of only 9.7% (97 out of 1000) which is less than half of your statistic in point one. The difference is pretty major.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
honey -- I thought that too about the darker color states. betty -- right with ya sister!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Isn't it funny how the most conservative states are dealing with higher rates than more liberal ones? Education is key.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
the thing that freaks me out is how many people have herpes who don't know!! that scares me because herpes will stay with you!! LOL - “Remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That s***’ll come back with you.”
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Looks like those southern states need to start working a little harder on their sex ed courses.
Depraved-Girl Depraved-Girl 7 years
No matter how much you think he may be "the one", you still gotta protect yourself. Love can fade, but herpes lasts a lifetime.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Mama, we must have been typing at the same time; I just read your response. In high school, my sex ed teacher got out a dildo and a condom and demonstrated how to put one on for the class. "Make sure you leave room at the tip for the sperm, class." After seeing that I will never forget the correct way to put one on. Any unprotected sex I had was because of me making bad decisions, it had nothing to do with my education in school.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
At least HIV is the least common, but still... I think back to all the times I had unprotected sex in high school and all the unfaithful boyfriends I've had and I almost start thinking Jesus was watching out for me... 25 years old and no STDs. I won't even kiss a man I don't know well now-a-days.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
not at all. all of this "abstinence only" education is focused on pregnancy prevention. sexual/reproductive health is still super taboo and shouldn't be, its is unsafe
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