The yearly numbers of injected young adults with STDs are staggering!
27% of the sexually active population is 15-24 yet they have over 50% of 20 million annually diagnosed STDs.
24,000 undiagnosed women become infertile yearly
70% of the 820,000 Gonorrhea cases
63% of Chlamydia
45% Genital Herpes
49% HPV – (next generation will have been vaccinated)
26 % HIV
Why at are young adults at risk:
– often STDs do not have symptoms recognized by youth
– young adults especially women are anatomically more susceptible to infection.
– failure of medical providers to screen young adults
– confidentiality issues
– lack of insurance and transportation to get medical attention
– multiple partners
Talk about, ask your healthcare practitioner if you could have a STD. Testing is painless.