Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are common. Some can be cured. Some cannot. Many have lifelong effects.
Did You Know?
EVERYDAY, over 50,000 people in our nation become infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)!
- In 1967, 1 in 32 people were infected with an STD
- In 1981, 1 in 18.
- In 1995, 1 in 3.
- In 1998 it was reported that 1 in 2 sexually active people would contract an STD before age 25
- It is now reported that 75% of the reproductive population (3 out of 4 people) will become infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
STDs are one of the most common diseases in America, next to the common cold and flu
There are 35-50 different kinds of STD’s; 25 of which occur frequently.
The TOP 6 STDs are:
- Chlamydia: Considered the most common cause of sterility
- Gonorrhea: Can cause sterility
- Syphilis: Can kill
- Genital Herpes: NO CURE – Can cause newborn death
- Human Paplillomavirus (HPV): NO CURE – Can cause cancer; may lead to death!
- HIV/AIDS: NO CURE – Leads to death
75-80% of people who are infected with STDs don’t know it!
There are often NO symptoms until damage has occurred!
Do condoms mean “safe sex”? You decide.
- Condoms were designed to protect against pregnancy- not STDs.
- Sperm is 450 times larger than the AIDS virus. Over 300,000,000 AIDS virus cells can fit on the head of a pin.
- Many STDs are transmitted skin to skin (examples are Herpes and HPV). That means you don’t even have to have sex to get them.
- By law, condom manufacturers cannot claim that condoms prevent STDs-they instead claim they “mayreduce the risk”.
So, is it worth the risk?
* According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the surest way to avoid pregnancy or any infection with a sexually transmitted disease is to practice sexual abstinence (abstain from ANY sexual contact – to include sexual touching and oral sex) while single. If you marry, select a partner who is not infected with an STD and remain sexually faithful during marriage.
Sex is a big deal. Know the facts. Make informed decisions. Respect yourself.
Source: 2006 Centers for Disease Control
Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases