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