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Teens and Young Adults Account for Half of New STDs Every Year

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) infect millions of Americans every year. There are, however, certain groups of individuals that are more likely to contract STDs than others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those between the ages of 15-24 make up just over 25% of the sexually active population but account for 50% of the 20 million new STDs that occur in the U.S. each year.

Learn why this happens and what adolescents and young adults can do to keep themselves healthy.

Why Are Young People More at Risk of STDs?

According to the CDC, adolescents and young adults are more at risk of contracting STDs for the following reasons:

  • Young women’s bodies are biologically more prone to STDs.
  • Some young people do not get the recommended STD tests.
  • Many young people are hesitant to talk with a doctor about their sex lives.
  • Not having insurance or transportation can make it more difficult for young people to access STD testing.
  • Some young people have more than one sex partner.

How Can Young People Protect Themselves Against STDs?

It’s important for teens and young adults to receive proper education on safe sex practices. In addition to outreach and education, young people can greatly reduce their chances of contracting an STD by:

  • Abstaining from sex
  • Getting tested regularly if sexually active
  • Using a condom from start to finish every time sexual activity occurs
  • Being mutually monogamous
  • Avoiding mixing alcohol and/or drugs with sex
  • For young girls and women, talking to a doctor about HPV vaccines and regular cervical cancer screenings

Contracted an STD? We’re Here to Help

If you contracted an STD, such as herpes, hep B, or HIV, from a sexual partner who did not inform you that you were at risk of an infection, you may have grounds to file an STD lawsuit. Such a lawsuit can help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages. Our attorneys are here to help you through this while protecting your privacy.

Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.