“STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States. They are hidden because many Americans are reluctant to address sexual health issues in an open way and because of the biologic and social characteristics of these diseases.”
~ Division of STD Prevention November 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Globally the data is staggering and often under reported. Based upon a meta-analysis published by the World Health Organization (October 14, 2014), the adjusted HPV prevalence worldwide among women with normal cytological findings was estimated to be 11.7%.
CDC Sees ‘Alarming’ Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
CDC Fact Sheet 2014 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis
STDs are a substantial health challenge facing the United States. CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people aged 15–24, and account for almost $16 billion in health care costs. Each of these infections is a potential threat to an individual’s immediate and long-term health and well-being. In addition to increasing a person’s risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV infection, STDs can lead to severe reproductive health complications, such as infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
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