20 Million New STD Infections

20 Million New STD Infections

At The Grio, Dr. Tyeese Gaines explains how to prevent this problem

by The Grio, February 14, 2013

20 Million New STD Infections

A new report says that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year. This includes syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes simplex virus type 2 and — the most common — HPV.

These infections cost the United States $16 billion in medical costs annually, the report continues, and 110 million infections exist at any given time — keeping in mind that one person could have multiple infections at once.

Four of the STIs can be treated and cured if diagnosed early: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. However, if not caught early, it can cause a serious pelvic infection and infertility in women.

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