By Kelly Purden
An STD or a sexually transmitted disease is something that someone does not want to hear that he or she has. Getting an STD just means that you have just been hit with the consequence of an action that was executed irresponsibly. There are two things to do now. Research and look up the facts related to the disease, and get you treated by a medical professional. Reading this is a great first step because it means that you are getting yourself educated in the oftentimes confusing and usually misunderstood world of STDs. In this reading, you will also see some STD statistics that will remind you that you are not alone in this.
This is the most predictable statistic of all: young adults are the common victims of STD. Why? This is probably because they are not informed properly of the risks and the ways that they can protect themselves from the danger and illnesses that might be had by having unprotected and irresponsible sexual activities. Among young adults, there are roughly 333 million occurrences of STDs in the whole world. To make this clearer, this statistic relates to the curable occurrences of STD in young ones only. Another statistics related to the young ones is that in every four new occurrences of sexually transmitted diseases, one is usually contracted by a teenager.
Perception is also important in statistics, which is why even public perception is taken into consideration, especially of teenagers who are usual victims of STDs. It was gathered that fifty-six percent of teens ages 12 to 17 years perceive that STDs are already a huge undertaking for people their age. However, that statistic perception is still sadly quite a low number for teenage awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.
In the United States alone, the alarming is that the STD statistics is growing larger. Out of five people, one of them will have an STD.
A highly publicized STD is HIV. Having HIV, even if it has not yet developed into AIDS, is already a big deal and can already produce quite a scare in some communities. Sadly, another statistic that is in relation to this and teenagers is that, out of every ten teenagers, one of them probably knows someone who has HIV.
STDs vary. Some can be cured easily, some take a long time to cure. However, there are diseases that cannot be cured at all. Bacterial STDs, are, obviously, caused by bacteria, and are treatable. However, there are those diseases that are caused by viruses, called viral STDs that could not be treated at all.
The four Hs, viral STDs, cannot be cured. There are those that cause genital warts called HIV and HPV. Another STD that cannot be cured is herpes. And lastly, the only STD that has a preventive vaccine, is hepatitis B. Yes, these may not be curable, but there are available treatments that allow for these diseases to be lessened and eased.
Being part of the STD statistics is something that must be dealt with immediately. While the STD statistic is growing larger by the minute, there is also a growing number of institutions that are working against it. Be tested for STD and ensure that you are not part of the statistic.
15 million people contract STD’s every single year. Are you one of the 1 in 4 people walking around with an STD and you don’t even know it?