In the heat of the moment, it’s a good bet that sexually transmitted infections are the last thing on a teen’s or young adult’s mind.
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STDs by the numbers (U.S. figures)
1 million diagnosed and reported cases in 2011
200,000 diagnosed and reported cases in 2011
4,700 diagnosed and reported cases in 2011
- Annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women age 25 and under.
- Yearly gonorrhea screening for at-risk sexually active women with new or multiple sex partners and women who live in communities with a high burden of disease.
- Syphilis, chlamydia and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women at the first prenatal visit to protect the health of the mother and their infants.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV for all sexually active gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. MSM who use illicit drugs or whose sex partners participate in these activities should be screened more frequently.
- For information, log onto www.cdc.gov/std.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention