Is a Sexual Experience Worth . . . YOUR HEALTH? YOUR LIFE?
Consider these facts concerning STIs:
- STIs are the most common diseases in America next to the common cold and flu
- More than 1 in 5 Americans are presently infected with an STI
- 15 million new STI cases are reported each year – 41,000/day
- 65 million Americans are infected with an incurable STI
- 35 – 50 different kinds of STIs exist
- 20 different STIs are rampant among the young
- 63% of all STIs occur in persons less than 25 years of age
- STIs infect 3 million teenagers each year
- 80% infected with an STI do not develop the initial symptoms
- STIs are contagious even when no symptoms exist
- New strains of STIs are often resistant to treatment
- STIs can cause chronic pain and permanent damage
- STIs increase the possibility of contracting AIDS
- Some STIs are incurable and can eventually kill
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should never be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.
If You are Involved Sexually . . . YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Your partner may not know that he/she has an STI … 80% of infected people do not know their condition.
- Your partner may not tell you the truth if he/she has been sexually active in the past.
- STIs are not prevented with condom use:
1. Some STIs transmit skin to skin;
2. Condoms have a 17% failure rate; that’s 1 in 6.
- You can have an STI and have no symptoms for weeks, months, possibly years. STIs are contagious even when no symptoms exist.
- Teens are much more susceptible to STI damage because they have a lower level of antibodies than adults.
It is extremely important to see a doctor for a check-up if you – or your partner – have had a sexual experience outside of marriage even though no symptoms exist.
AVOID THE RISKS . . .
- Women with STIs suffer greater physical trauma than men.
- An infant born to a mother who has an STI is also at risk of contracting the disease during the birthing process and can lead to serious problems for the baby.
- It is also possible for the newborn to contract an STI while breast-feeding if the mother is infected.
- STIs should not be taken lightly. Most are curable with antibiotics. Some STIs are not curable but can be treated.
- Presently AIDS is the only STI that is 100% fatal to those infected.
- Do not let any symptom or question go unchecked.
What does the Center for Disease Control say is the most reliable way to avoid transmission of STIs? To abstain from sex, (i.e. oral, vaginal, or anal sex) or to be in a long term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.