The government has posted a new statistic about STD’s: currently more than 110 million Americans have some type of STD. An even more shocking statistic is that there are nearly 20 million new cases each year, with half of them coming from the age group of 15 – 24.
The best way prevent an STD is to not have sex. This is usually not a viable option for sexually active adults. If STD’s go untreated, they can sometimes cause serious health problems that range from infertility to cancer. Women are at a higher risk then men for an STD to become a serious health concern.
The CDC has set forth some guidelines for screening of STD:
– Everyone should get at least one HIV test.
– any sexually active woman under the age of 25 should be screened for Chlamydia and gonorrhea at least once a year.
-At risk pregnant women should be screen for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, and hepatitis B.
-All HIV infected women should be screen annually for trichomoniasis.
-All sexually active gay and bisexual men should screen for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV annually.
-Those people who have multiple or anonymous sexual partners should be screened more often, preferably in 3 to 6 month intervals.