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A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection you get from another person through sex. There are more than 20 known types of STDs.
people in the U.S. are infected with an STD each year.
About 50% are age 15-24.
The most common STDs are:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts (HPV)
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
Undiagnosed and untreated STDs cause infertility in at least
in the U.S. each year.
Genital warts (HPV) is the most common STD. About
new cases are found in the U.S. each year.
There are about
HPV-associated cancer cases in the U.S. each year: 25,400 among women and 19,900 among men.
Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer in women.
Doctors suggest 11- and 12-year-old girls get vaccinated against HPV.
Women up to age 26 are also advised to get vaccinated if they did not get all three vaccine doses when they were younger.
The HPV vaccine protects males against most genital warts. This vaccine is available for boys and men, 11 through 21 years of age.
The only way to avoid an STD is to have
sexual contact with an infected person.
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