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?
And did you know that anyone who has sex is at risk, but the most affected groups are young people aged 15-24, gay & bisexual men, and pregnant women?
Did you know that if left untreated, some STIs can cause:
- Increased risk of giving or getting HIV
- Long-term pelvic or abdominal pain
- Inability to get pregnant or pregnancy complications
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.
The good news?
Even though STIs are on the rise, many are curable and all are treatable.
What else should I know?
- Gonorrhea can cause infection in the throat, genitals, or rectum
- The majority of cases of chlamydia don’t have any symptoms
- Trichomoniasis can cause vaginal infection in women
- Most people with herpes simplex 2 infection don’t know it, but they still can spread the infection
- Women are more likely to contract an STI than men
- Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI
STI quick facts
|STI||How they get 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|