STD Statistics and Data: A Comprehensive Guide

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for any sexually active individual.  In 2018, nearly 1 in 5 individuals in the U.S. was estimated to have an STI, totaling around 68 million people, and more than 1 million new...

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How Common are STDs in the US?

Studies show that sexually transmitted diseases are still being spread at an alarming rate all over the world. But how common are STDs in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual cases of STDs in the US...

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How to Have a Convo With Your Partner About STDs

Whether it’s your first sexual experience or you have had multiple partners, starting a conversation with your partner about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can feel awkward and intimidating. However, having a conversation about STD testing shows that you care and are responsible for your...

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Can Virgins Have STDs?

There is a common misunderstanding about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)–specifically concerning whether or not virgins can have STDs. Whether you’re a virgin concerned about STD-related symptoms or have recently had sexual contact with someone who claims to be STD-free due to their virginity, it’s...

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Pregnancy After 30: Risks and Benefits

Whether seeking financial stability before starting families or adding a final member to their broods, expecting moms in their 30s will experience pregnancy far differently than women in their 20s. Women in their 30s have a higher likelihood of needing C-sections and a higher...

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Does a Pap Smear Test for STDs?

For a lot of women, an annual pap smear or Well Woman Exam, might be the only time they discuss their sexual health with a medical professional. Gynecologists are physicians specializing in female reproductive health—including sexually transmitted diseases. When it’s time for your annual...

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Can I Go To The Emergency Room For An STD?

The short answer is yes–you can go to the emergency room to be tested for an STD. Whether you would like to get tested as a precautionary measure or are experiencing a physical manifestation you think might be related to an STD, you can...

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Do Positive STD Results Take Longer?

Waiting for your test results can be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health. However, there are many reasons to explain longer waiting times for STD results. While it can be easy to imagine the worst, it’s...

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Are All STDs Curable?

Contracting a sexually transmitted disease is certainly no one’s idea of a good time. Though untreated STDs can linger and cause lasting side effects (even when symptoms are not present), most STDs can be cured fairly easily when identified and treated early on. In...

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Will The Pill Protect Me From STDs?

Does birth control prevent STDs? While the birth control pill is a popular and highly effective form of pregnancy prevention, the notion that the pill can protect you from contracting an STD or STI is just one of the many STD myths floating around....

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