There’s a hush-hush taboo around sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but let’s be honest—stuff happens. Being empowered to take control of your sexual wellness is important at all times of the year, especially since the spring break season is in full swing and the summer months are just around the corner.
Last year, Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers, particularly those located in Brickell and Miami Beach, averaged 5 to 10 STD/ STI cases per day and saw an increase to that already high number in March & April.
Did you know? Approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States have an STD on any given day.
Today, our culture typically doesn’t like to talk about the prevalence of STDs. Still, Simple HealthKit believes that with more information and conversation, we can live our lives and stay protected from these infections. Let’s look at a few STD trends sweeping our nation today and their impacts on your health if left untreated.
- There are 5.2MM chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis infections in the United States.
- 1 in 2 people sexually active people will contract an STD/ STI by age 25
- 10-15% of women with untreated chlamydia will go on to develop PID, a leading cause of infertility.
- Trichomoniasis, aka “Trich,” is the most common, curable STD in the United States, and about 70% of people do not show any symptoms.
With the STDs mentioned above, it is critical to note that many do not show symptoms of these infections leading to compounding consequences like susceptibility to future STDs/ STIs and even infertility. That’s why ensuring at least yearly testing is a part of your routine is critical. Or if you’re having unprotected sex, have multiple partners, or have a new partner, it’s essential that you get tested frequently.
So why not start kick start your sexual wellness routine post-spring break?
The best news? Most cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are curable.
Are you worried that you’ve been exposed to an STD or just want to get in the driver’s seat of your sexual wellness? Take a deep breath. Simple HealthKit has you covered. Our At-Home STD Test is available through the Simple HealthKit store. In addition, resources that cover common symptoms, conversation guides, etc., can be found on our Why Test? Page.
Are you interested in purchasing tests for your organization? Head to our Sexual Health Program Landing Page or complete the form here, and we’ll be in touch!
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