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The estimated total number of people living in the US with a viral Sexually Transmitted Disease/Sexually Transmitted Infection (STD/STI) is over 65 million.

Every year, there are at least 19 million new cases of STDs/STIs, some of which are curable.

More than $8 billion is spent each year to diagnose and treat STDs/STIs and their complications. This figure does not include HIV.

Each year, one in four teens contracts an STD/STI.

One in two sexually active persons will contact an STD/STI by age 25.

About half of all new STDs/STIs in 2000 occurred among youth ages 15 to 24.

Approximately half of hepatitis B infections are transmitted sexually. It is linked to chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Each year, there are almost 3 million new cases of chlamydia, many ofwhich are in adolescents and young adults.

“Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can easily be cured with antibiotics, but it is usually asymptomatic and often undiagnosed. Untreated, it can cause severe health consequences for women, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.” (1)

At least 15 percent of all American women who are infertile can attribute it to tubal damage caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) , the result of an untreated STD. (2)>>>(1) http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/trends2005.htm

(2) http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_statistics.cfm?gclid=CN6frtGIlo8CFR5uUAod-ijAFQ