If you’ve recently had sex, or you’re deciding whether to have sex, you’ve likely thought about sexually transmitted diseases. How common are they? What is the risk to women, and young people in particular? What’s the best way to prevent infection?
What Are the Most Common STDs?
The Centers for Disease Control keeps annual records on the so-called “Big 3” STDs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD in 2014, with more than 1.4 million cases. More than 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, along with almost 20,000 cases of syphilis.
Anyone who has ever had sex is at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), sometimes also called a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Did you know there’s one STI that actually increases your risk of developing cervical cancer, and other types of cancer?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI in the United States. Most sexually active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives, and as of 2014, almost 80 million Americans were infected, with about 14 million new infections occurring each year.