STDs


Fast Facts

  • Each year 19 million Americans become infected with an STD.1
  • Almost half of all new infections occur in young people ages 15-24.2
  • 1 out of 4 sexually active teenagers will aquire an STD.3
  • Most people don’t know they are infected.4

What are STDs?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are viruses, bacteria or other small organisms that can be acquired through sexual contact with a person who is infected.5

Please visit this site for more information about STDs in general.

Please visit the sites below for detailed information about:

Footnotes:

  1. Centers for Disease Control, “Trends in Reportable Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States," 2005. Retrieved February 2007 from http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/trends2005.htm.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Alan Guttmacher Institute, Sex and America’s Teenagers. New York: Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1994.
  4. 4parents.gov, “Talk About Sexually Transmitted Diseases,” n.d.
  5. This website uses the term STD in a broad sense, referring to “any of various diseases or infections” that are transmitted by sexual contact. See Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, search entry: STD [noun]. Retrieved February 2007 from http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=STD.