By the time a girl makes her way to high school, there’s a good chance that she’s already heard a lot about STDs. And while many young women choose to remain abstinent until after graduation, there are also many who don’t. For these young women, as well as older ones, there’s always the fear of contracting an STD. Truth is, this is a healthy fear to have because there are more people than you think who have STDs, and all it takes is one sexual encounter with one of these people to infect yourself.
Do keep in mind that the higher the number of people you engage in sexual acts with, the more likely you are to contract an STD. Check out this picture below to see how far and wide you expose yourself according to the number of people you sleep with.
Source: Sexual Exposure Chart
Here’s a quick look at a few STDs, whether or not they are curable, protection remedies, and how many people suffer from them.
This STD tends to have a primary symptom of itchiness, however, it is curable. Having your partner wear a condom will not protect you from Syphilis. There are approximately 55,400 new cases of Syphilis each year in the US. Your chances of realistically contracting this disease means you would sleep with relatively more than 1,800 people. So yeah, you most likely won’t get Syphilis within your lifetime, but then again, you never know.
Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you already have herpes (some people don’t ever have outbreaks). About 20 percent (24.1 million) of Americans have this STD. It cannot be protected by using a condom, and there is no cure. People who have had more than 13 or more sexual partners are the most likely to contract genital herpes.
Have you been with 36 or more people? If so, there’s a good chance you have Chlamydia. There are almost 3 million new cases of Chlamydia each year in the US, but on the brightside, the disease is curable, and better yet, condoms can help protect you from contracting it.
If you’ve had at least four sexual partners, you’re at high risk for HPV. This STD cannot be protected by condoms, and it affects a whopping 78 million people in the US. Unfortunately, it has no cure, but on the upside, it tends to leave on its own over the course of only a few years. Best of all, there are vaccines that both men and women can get to protect themselves from HPV.
There is no cure for HIV, and to contract the disease, your chances are greatly increased if you have slept with at least 290 people. A bit more than 1 million people in the US have HIV, however, condoms can go a long way in protecting you against contracting this disease.
It’s important that you be tested for STDs on a regular basis. Even if you have sex with only one person, you never know when this person might step outside the boundaries of your monogamous relationship.