Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about if a person is engaging in sexual activity. There are now more than a dozen STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), several of which are chronic, life-long infections.
An STI is an infection that does not show any physical signs or symptoms. It is contracted from another infected person through sexual activity. It becomes an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) when symptoms appear. Not all infected people have signs or symptoms. Individuals do not have to have symptoms to be contagious. They can spread the disease at any time.
In the United States, it is estimated that there are 19 million new infections each year, over half of these occurring in young people, ages 15-24. Presently, over 70 million people in the U.S. are infected or have been infected with an STI or STD.
Without desiring to be an alarmist, Christian gynecologist and author Dr. Joe McIlhaney gives some startling statistics about sexually transmitted diseases.
- Except for the common cold and flu, STDs are the most common disease in the USA.
- The human tragedy of STD is terrible, and costs the taxpayer over two billion dollars a year.
- It is estimated that one in four Americans of reproductive age will contract a STD in his or her lifetime.
- The Human Papilloma Virus causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer in women, and condoms provide little to no protection against this disease.
- In the 60s, only syphilis and gonorrhea were common. Today there are at least 25 STDs, and at least eight new pathogens have been identified since 1980, including HIV.
- Approximately 1 in 4 sexually active teens is infected with a STD.
- At lease 15 percent of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the result of an untreated STD.
Sexually transmitted disease, like smoking and lung disease, is a medical health issue that can be directly linked to the actions and activities in which people participate.
The SOPC seeks to improve lives by enabling individuals to make informed, responsible decisions regarding sexual behavior and its effects on their health and well being. The SOPC promotes abstinence education only.
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