Hidden STD Epidemic: 110 Million Infections in the US

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a research report this month on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in the United States. Here are the main findings.

  • There are nearly 20 million cases of new sexually transmitted infections yearly, from just eight viruses and bacteria.
  • The number of existing STD infections in the United States at any given time is higher at 110 million.
  • The eight most common STDs in the U.S. are chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis and trichomoniasis. About 50.5 million of these current infections are in men, and 59.5 million are in women.
  • Each year, new cases of STDs cost nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs.
  • Fifty percent of these new infections occur in young people, ages 15-24, even though this age group represents only a quarter of people who have had sex.
  • Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. About 1.8 million people have chlamydia.
  • Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in the United States, and it is especially common among people ages 15 to 24. More than 800,000 new infections occur each year.

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If you’re crazy enough to continue soliciting escorts and prostitutes for sex, at least take a look at this picture to recognize some STD symptoms. Keep in mind, some of these deadly STDs, like HPV and HIV, do not have easily recognizable symptoms. And don’t forget the Ebola virus is out there which leaves everyone in the escort/prostitution industry very vulnerable.