Sexually Transmitted Infections 101

STIs are scary! Recent studies show over 60 million Americans are currently infected and 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur each year in the U.S.3 Two-thirds of these new infections occur in people under the age of 25.3 Some STIs cause painful blisters. Others cause bleeding, cancer, infertility or death. For some STIs, there’s no cure. Condoms only reduce your risk, but they cannot eliminate your risk of getting diseases. Don’t confuse the word “protection” with “reduction.” Even if you use condoms correctly, every time, you’ve only reduced your risk of becoming infected. And with every new sex partner, you increase your chances of contracting an STI.