Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are some of the most common infections found in the United States. More than 19 million men and women are affected each year.
Although STIs are more prevalent among people aged 15-24 years, they affect persons of all ages and from all backgrounds. Some STIs affect certain populations more:
- Gonorrhea affects Blacks and African Americans 18 times more than it does whites.
- Women tend to have more severe health consequences from infection with STIs than men. Women often do not show symptoms of STIs; however, they can be at greater risk for major complications.
- Many people with STIs have no symptoms, but they can still transmit to others.
- Many STIs can be treated effectively so it is important to get tested!