Get the Facts

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about STDs and how they can be spread, so here’s some quick mythbusting to help you sort out what’s true and what’s not.

Facts

Many people think if you get treated for an STD once, you can’t get it again, but that’s not true – you can get the same STD if you are exposed to it again.

STDs are spread in different ways and with different chances of infecting you; however, a chance to get an STD always remains when you exchange bodily fluids with a partner.

Condoms are really effective, but they’re not perfect – they can break, or they can slip off. They also rely on someone’s ability to properly put one on and take one off. That’s why when talking about safe sex, we’re really talking about safer sex – because all sex comes with some inherent risk.

Myths

This is definitely a myth, because an STD won’t go away without proper treatment. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly.

Another myth, because birth control medications do not protect against HIV or other STDs. They only help protect against unwanted pregnancy, not unwanted STDs.

Many STDs don’t show any symptoms, so the only way to know for sure that you don’t have an STD is testing yourself. See free testing locations here so that you can know your status.

It can be dangerous to experiment with home remedies. Because there are no home remedies for STDs, you must get proper treatment from a clinician to effectively get rid of an STD.

STDs

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Get the Facts

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about STDs and how they can be spread, so here’s some quick mythbusting to help you sort out what’s true and what’s not.

Facts

Many people think if you get treated for an STD once, you can’t get it again, but that’s not true – you can get the same STD if you are exposed to it again.

STDs are spread in different ways and with different chances of infecting you; however, a chance to get an STD always remains when you exchange bodily fluids with a partner.

Condoms are really effective, but they’re not perfect – they can break, or they can slip off. They also rely on someone’s ability to properly put one on and take one off. That’s why when talking about safe sex, we’re really talking about safer sex – because all sex comes with some inherent risk.

Myths

This is definitely a myth, because an STD won’t go away without proper treatment. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly.

Another myth, because birth control medications do not protect against HIV or other STDs. They only help protect against unwanted pregnancy, not unwanted STDs.

Many STDs don’t show any symptoms, so the only way to know for sure that you don’t have an STD is testing yourself. See free testing locations here so that you can know your status.

It can be dangerous to experiment with home remedies. Because there are no home remedies for STDs, you must get proper treatment from a clinician to effectively get rid of an STD.

STDs

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Chlamydia

Quick Facts

  • Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STI in the United States.
  • Young people account for 63% of new chlamydia cases, however young people only account for roughly 14% of the United States population.
  • 1.7 million new cases of chlamydia were reported in 2017 alone.
  • Due to the fact that many people don’t develop noticeable symptoms, this infection is also known as the silent infection.

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new cases in 2017

With roughly 47 million young people in the United States, that means roughly

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1 in 28

had a new chlamydia infection.

Gonorrhea

Quick Facts

  • Gonorrhea is very common, with approximately 556,000 new infections since 2013 in the U.S, which is a 67% increase.
  • Younger individuals account for roughly 70% of new gonorrhea cases; this is a trend also in many other STDs.
  • Many men and most women with gonorrhea don’t have symptoms, or the symptoms are mild and nonspecific so they are mistaken for something else.
  • Strains of gonorrhea in the United States are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics so it’s important to take all prescribed medication when given to you. Check the video for more information.

Since 2013, there's been over a

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increase in cases of gonorrhea in the United States, mostly in young people.

Syphilis

Quick Facts

  • The United States has seen a 76% increase in syphilis cases since 2013.
  • Syphilis has four distinct stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary syphilis. There may not have symptoms in certain stages, so it’s important to get tested regularly. Otherwise, it can cause serious medical concerns later on in life.
  • Men who have sex with men made up over 52% of new syphilis cases in 2017, which means men who have sex with men are at greater risk of infection than other populations. 

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HIV

Quick Facts

  • HIV attacks the body’s immune system so that your body can’t fight off other infections and diseases.
  • At first, symptoms may show up 2-4 weeks after initial exposure. Then, they may disappear or sometimes last up to several weeks. Symptoms are common, but some people have none.
  • After infection, the virus could remain dormant for up to 10 years.
  • In advanced stages, symptoms can be more severe as your body is less able to fight new infections. Viral loads of the virus go up and CD4 counts decrease as HIV progresses.
  • There’s no cure for HIV, but with medical care you can live a long healthy life. Under antiretroviral therapy (ART), someone may never have HIV progress to AIDS.

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of all new diagnoses were in young people aged 13 to 24
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of these diagnoses were in gay men.