Statistics on Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Estimating how many sexually transmitted disease or infection cases occur is not a simple or straightforward task. First, most STDs/STIs can be "silent," causing no noticeable symptoms. These asymptomatic infections can be diagnosed only through testing. Unfortunately, routine screening programs are not widespread, and social stigma and lack of public awareness concerning STDs/STIs often inhibits frank discussion between health care providers and patients about STD/STI risk and the need for testing.

-- ASHA. Sexually Transmitted Diseases in America: How Many Cases and at What Cost? December 1998.

 

STI Rates in the U.S. (per year)
Data from CDC Fact Sheet: Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States


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