We know you know

getting tested is important

But did you know that there were 1.7 million cases of chlamydia, 555,608 cases of gonorrhea, and 30,644 cases of syphilis in the U.S. in 2017?

If left untreated, some STIs can cause*:

  • Increased risk of giving or getting HIV
  • Inability to get pregnant or pregnancy complications
  • Long-term pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Cancer

Cases per 100,000 people

The craziest thing?

Most people who have STIs don’t know it because many infections don’t have any symptoms or can take years to develop symptoms. Being tested for STIs is the only way to be sure whether or not you have one.

The good news?

Even though STIs are on the rise, many are curable and all are treatable.

What else should I know?

  • Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI
  • Gonorrhea can infect the throat, genitals, and rectum
  • Trichomoniasis infection can increase the risk of getting other STIs
  • Syphilis can spread to the brain and nervous system if left untreated
  • HIV can be treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • HPV will infect nearly all sexually active people at some point in their lives

STI quick facts

STI How they can be transmitted How long it takes to test positive after exposure Curable?
Gonorrhea Oral, vaginal, or anal sex Usually within 10 days of exposure Curable
Chlamydia Oral, vaginal, or anal sex 7-14 days Curable
Trichomoniasis Vaginal sex 4-28 days Curable
Herpes Type II Touching, or oral, vaginal, or anal sex 2-12 days Treatable
HIV Vaginal or anal sex 2-4 weeks Treatable
Hepatitis C Blood contact and usually not sexually—unless there is blood exposure during sex 3 months Usually curable
Syphilis Oral, vaginal, or anal sex Typically about 21 days, but it can be anywhere from 10-90 days Curable

Additional resources


Get knowing with the help of the below resources:

Genital Herpes
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C

Prevention Tips

Living with HIV 101
HIV & women who have sex with women
Men who have sex with men & STIs
The truth about condoms
Safe sex

Support and hotlines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

STD hotline: 800-232-4636

American Sexual Health Association

STD hotline: 800-277-8922

American Herpes Foundation

Herpes hotline: 919-361-8488

*All information is sourced from the CDC unless otherwise cited.