Of the more than 15 million new Sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs) that will be contracted in the U.S. each year:
Two-thirds will occur in people under 25 years of age.
One in four will occur in teenagers.
Every year, approximately 10 billion dollars is spent on major STDs, other than AIDS, and their complications. This cost is shared by all Americans.
Today there are more than 30 STDs and over 200 strains of human papilloma virus (HPV). A British study found that HPV infects 46% of teenage girls after their first sexual intercourse. HPV is directly linked to 99.7% of all cervical cancers. Nearly as many women die of cervical cancer each year as die of AIDS.
Herpes increased 500% in the past 20 years among Caucasian American teens. Nearly 50% of African-American teens have genital herpes.
Nearly 1 in 10 teen girls has Chlamydia; nearly half of all cases are girls 15-19 years old.
Chlamydia can cause irreversible damage, including infertility, before a woman recognizes there is a problem.
Gonorrhea is a major cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) that can lead to serious outcomes in women such as tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.
-Studies also provide strong evidence that Gonococcal infections facilitate the
transmission of HIV infection.
Over 80% of teens with STDs show no symptoms and therefore never get medical attention, leaving them exposed to the risk of serious complications years later.
In a national Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one out of every five sexually active teens reported that oral sex is safe sex. However, HIV, herpes, HPV, chancroid, intestinal parasites, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis A & B can all be contracted through oral sex.
Condoms do not eliminate the risk of contracting an STD, they do little to prevent many viral infections spread by skin-to-skin contact, especially HPV and herpes.
New studies show that clinical depression in adolescents is related to sexual activity and drinking.