If you are having sex with one or more partners, think about your exposure to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or infections (STIs).

Make sure you have all the facts for your own healthy decision-making.

  • The United States has an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 20 million people per year contract an disease. More than 800,000 of STD cases reported are gonorrhea infections, with most occurring in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
  • Sexually transmitted disease symptoms are not always obvious. Many STDs do not show symptoms but can still be spread. If you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners, it is important to get tested, to protect your health.