STDs: Among the Most Common Contagious Diseases in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted disease infections (STDs) in the United States each year. To put that number in perspective, it is about the population of New York state.

STDs are among the most commonly reported contagious diseases in the United States. According to a report by the CDC, half of STD infections are found among people 15-24 years of age, and every year the American health care system spends an estimated $16 billion diagnosing and treating STD infections.

In 2015, over 1.5 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States, making it the most commonly reported STD. Gonorrhea, which has similar symptoms, was second. Over half of those infected have no noticeable symptoms. When chlamydia or gonorrhea symptoms are present, they often include discharge and pain or burning during urination. These two STDs are easily treated, but if they are left untreated they can cause more serious complications down the road for both men and women, including making it difficult or even impossible for women to become pregnant.

STD Prevention Materials:
Click HERE to view The Truth About Gonorrhea brochure ($0.30 each).
Click HERE to view The Truth About Chlamydia brochure ($0.30 each).
Click HERE to view our new The Truth About STDs brochure ($0.35 each).