Just the Facts


  • There are over 25 STIs
  • Many STIs do not have any symptoms, but can cause serious, life-long problems or lead to a sexually transmitted disease
  • Viral STIs can not be cured
  • Bacterial STIs can be cured by antibiotics but cannot reverse damage already occurred
  • Having some active STIs makes it easier to get HIV
  • STIs are the most common infectious disease in the U.S.
  • 67% of STIs occur among ages 15-24
  • STIs in young people cost more than $6.5 Billion every year
  • Most teens don’t worry about STIs because they don’t think they are at risk
  • Condoms may reduce but they do not eliminate the risks of STIs
  • In the 1970s one in every 300 people had an STI and there were about 700,000 cases nationwide
  • In 2005, 1 in 4 people has an STI and there are 69 million cases nationwide.
  • More than 15 million new people will catch an STI each year

Click here to read about the different types of STIs, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment.