Resource Guide - STDs
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health problem in the United States, with an estimated 19 million or more new infections per year. Nearly half of cases will occur among young people ages 15 to 24. STDs may have major physical and psychological consequences including chronic pain and infertility, and possibly death, especially when not treated or treated late. Furthermore, many of these infections may be subclinical or have minor clinical manifestations that will keep them unapparent to the affected person or their sexual partner. These factors will increase the chances of disease communication and long term sequelae that could be avoided if the primary disease is treated early or avoided. Consequences of STDs have a tremendous economic impact in the United States with direct medical costs estimated to reach $13 billion annually.
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