The CDC estimated in 2002 that:
Over 65 million people in the USA are living with an incurable STI.
15 million additional Americans become infected with some sort of STI every year.
People age 15-25 remain at highest risk.
Anyone having sex with more than one partner
(or who’s had sex with someone who’s been with someone else) in a year should be tested annually.
All states and DC require the reporting of syphilis, gonorrhea, and AIDS. Other states also require the
reporting of chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, and HIV.
Historically, STI’s have been around a long time. They were written up in Egypt by 1900 B.C., but their
nature and causes were naturally not well understood.
STI’s (“venereal diseases”) were considered to be God’s (gods’) punishment for sinful behavior.
This hasn’t exactly inspired people to seek testing or treatment.
STI’s have also been used to slander whole races (syphislis as the “French disease”).
(Bacterial, Viral, Other)
How to catch one
How to avoid them
Attitudes: Punishment, shame
Women: more vulnerable, less symptomatic
Pregnancy: damages to fertility, fetus
Any mode of transmission will work fine:
oral, genital, anal, skin-to-skin.
Don’t share drinking glasses, wet towels, lipstick, razors, toothbrushes, toilet seats, underwear, combs,
Undiagnosed STI’s are trouble
Many STI’s show no symptoms, but meanwhile internal damage may occur.