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April is STD Awareness Month


What Is The Cause?

What caused this dramatic change in a period of just 30 years? The answer is simple: increased sexual mixing of the population. As more and more people have multiple sexual partners, the inevitable result is an acceleration in the spread of STD. The problem is compounded by the fact that 80% of the persons infected have no noticeable symptoms and, therefore, cannot know they are contagious. The microbes that cause sexually transmitted diseases are equal opportunity bugs. They don't care if you are white or black, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, happy or sad. If you're a warm body, you'll do. STD germs settle in an estimated 12 million Americans each year. Worldwide, they find 250 million new hosts a year.

The Effect On Young People

Unfortunately, STDs are not equal opportunity diseases. Adolescents have a higher degree of susceptibility than do older people. The ectropion of the cervix of a female teenager is more likely to become infected than that of a woman in her 20's. Indeed, researchers have estimated that a sexually active 15 year old has a 1 in 8 chance of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), but that by age 24 the probability has decreased to 1 in 80. PID is the most rapidly increasing cause of infertility in the United States and is a primary reason for the 600% increase in ectopic pregnancies since 1970.

Basic Facts for Your Protection

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Some Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control (1993) there are 12 million cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases reported annually.

Some Less Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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