New stats show STD numbers at an all time high

April is STD Awareness Month

April is STD awareness month and the new statistics are staggering.

New numbers show 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the time they turn 25.

Medical experts also say about 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases are contracted every year in the US but the majority go undiagnosed.
 
If left untreated many of those diseases can have long-term effects including infertility.

That’s why they say it’s especially important for young people to get tested.

“I do think this age group, you know, maybe it is a lack of education. They just don’t know that most of the time, STDs, there are no signs or symptoms, so your partner can be physically fine but still have an STD and ultimately they pass that to you,” says Alison Glodowski from the La Crosse County Health Department. 

There were 600 positive cases of sexually transmitted diseases in La Crosse County last year.

Of those about 75% occurred in people between the ages of 15 and 25.