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Friday, 23 January 2009 03:14

Why is STD Testing So Important?

Statistics on HIV/AIDS and HIV Testing

52-96% of all HIV infections may be transmitted during the period before seroconversion.

90% of all AIDS deaths happen with people under the age of 50.

90% of HIV infections that occur among homosexual males occur through anal intercourse.

90% of worldwide HIV transmission occurs in heterosexual people.

After acute illness, individuals infected with HIV can remain symptom free from 6 months to 11 years.

Over 30,000,000 people are infected with HIV worldwide and there are 16,000 new cases each day.

The majority of HIV related AIDS cases occur before the age of 35.

Statistics on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and STD Testing

The estimated number of people living with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States is over 65 million.

Every year, there are approximately 15 million new cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD), some of which are curable.

About 66% of all sexually transmitted disease (STDs) occur in people 25 years of age or younger.

One in four new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) infections occur in teenagers.

Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

At least 1 in 4 Americans will contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at some point in their lives.

Sexually Transmitted Hepatitis B (HBV) Statistics

In 1990 25% of new hepatitis B cases occur through heterosexual contact.

Mothers with chronic hepatitis B have more than an 80% chance of infecting unborn children.

30% of injectable drug users are infected with hepatitis B.

About 1% of those with symptoms of acute hepatitis B progress to liver failure.

Approximately 10% of the population in the U.S. show evidence of infection with hepatitis B on a blood test.

About 15-20% of those infected hepatitis B develop joint aches and a slightly raised rash.

About 95% of the population will overcome hepatitis B on their own.

About 5% of people infected with hepatitis B go on to become chronic carriers.

The fastest growing group of people infected with hepatitis B are heterosexuals.

21% of heterosexuals with more than five sexual partners within the last 4 months had hepatitis B.

10% of those infected with hepatitis B are men who have sex with men.

Sexually Transmitted Hepatitis C (HCV) Statistics

A person can have hepatitis C for 10-20 years without having signs of serious complications, but the hepatitis C virus can still cause serious liver damage.

Hepatitis C is the number one cause of liver transplants in the U.S.

Hepatitis C is four times more common than HIV in the United States.

An estimated 2% (about 4.6 million people) have hepatitis C in the United States.

Approximately 8,000-12,000 deaths are attributed to hepatitis C each year.

In one study hepatitis C was found in 85-100% of I.V. drug users.

In some studies 40% of cases of chronic hepatits C have no identifiable risk.

It is estimated that only 25-30% of new hepatitis C infections are tested and identified.

85% of those infected with hepatitis C will be chronic carriers.

15% will overcome the infection.

4% of hepatitis C infections are from men who have sex with men

Sexually Transmitted Herpes Simplex Type 1 & 2 Statistics

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

It is estimated that 20-25% of adults have genital herpes caused by either type 1 or type 2 herpes.

30-40% of primary infections of genital herpes are asymptomatic.

Herpes is one of the most commonly transmitted STDs in the United States.

45 million adults over the age of 15 have genital herpes from herpes type 2.

There are about 500,000 new herpes infections in the United States each year.

70% of adults have been exposed to herpes 1 by the age of 40.

Genital herpes is more common in women then men.

Sexually Transmitted Syphilis Statistics

1/3 of untreated persons will show damage to the organs many years later in the tertiary stage of syphilis. Without treatment 30% of people will die of complications due to syphilis after being infected for 15-20 years.

A person who has sexual intercourse with someone who has active syphilis lesions has a 30% chance of becoming infected.

Women infected with syphilis have a higher risk of miscarriage.

Approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with syphilis each year.

Only 20% of women with syphilis will carry a baby to full term and deliver a healthy baby.

About 1 out of 1,000 children born in the United States are born with syphilis.

Between 14-36% of people who are HIV positive are infected with syphilis.

Primary and secondary stages of syphilis are highest among women 20-29 and men 35-39.

Syphilis is called "The Great Mimic" because its symptoms can imitate those of other diseases.

Sexually Transmitted Chlamydia Statistics

Chlamydia is the number one, most common, bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the US.

Chlamydia is responsible for infertility in 20% of women.

Studies of symptom free people in various areas of the country show between 5-50% of those tested are infected with chlamydia.

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States.

75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia have no symptoms.

40% of chlamydia cases are reported among people 15-19 years old.

Sexually Transmitted Gonorrhea Statistics

Men who have unprotected sex with infected women have a 20-30% chance of contracting gonorrhea.

A woman has a 60-80% chance of becoming infected with gonorrhea if having unprotected sex with an infected male.

About one million people are diagnosed with gonorrhea each year in the United States.

10% of men and 20-40% of women infected with gonorrhea are asymptomatic.

90% of people who acquire gonorrhea in the throat are asymptomatic.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:27
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