- 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:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- More about Chlamydia
- Genital Herpes
- 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.
- Alan Guttmacher Institute, Sex and America’s Teenagers. New York: Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1994.
- 4parents.gov, “Talk About Sexually Transmitted Diseases,” n.d.
- 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.