When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern. While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are equally, if not more worrisome. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but, you are at risk for getting a sexually transmitted infection every time you have sex. If you become pregnant, while it may be a traumatic experience, with help, you will be able to work through it. However some STIs can lead to death.
The decision to have sex is a very important one and there are lots of things to think about. Sexual relationships affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. There are risks for pregnancy and STIs even when using birth control or condoms.
Just the Facts:
- STIs are the most common infections in America next to the common cold and flu
- One in five Americans are infected with a STI
- 15 million new cases are reported each year
- More than 65 million Americans are infected with an incurable STI
- There are 35 – 50 different kinds of STIs
- 20 different STIs are rampant among youth
- 63% of all STIs occur in persons less than 25 years of age
- STIs infect 3.7 million teenagers each year
- 80% infected with a STI do not develop the initial sypmtoms and so do not know that they are infected
- STIs are contagious even though so symptoms exist
- New strains of STIs are resistant to treatment
- STIs can often cause chronic pain and permanent damage
- While most STIs are treatable and/or curable, some STIs are incurable and can eventually kill