What are the 7 Most Common STDs?
We all know the facts – STDs are incredibly common in the U.S. It is estimated that about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have an STD. But have you ever wondered, among the 20 different types of STDs that exist, which ones are the most common? We’re sure you’re already familiar with several of them (kuddos!) But just in case you haven’t been painted a full picture, we’ve taken the time to come up with a list of the 7 most common STDs:
1) HPV: HPV (or Human Papillomavirus) is THE most common STD in the world, and the statistics are quite alarming. At least 50% of sexually active people will get it at some point in their lives, and there is no cure. This STI is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The unnerving thing about HPV is that certain strains can lead to certain cancers in the cervix, vagina, or anus. That’s why it’s extremely important to get vaccinated… oh, and don’t forget about that condom!
2) Chlamydia: There are over 1.5 million cases of Chlamydia reported in the U.S. each year. The good news about Chlamydia is that although it’s very common, it is easily treatable with antibiotics. The bad news, however, is that it is the leading cause of preventable infertility in both men and women and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. People who have it may never experience symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get tested.
3) Gonorrhea: Or as some people like to call “the clap”, affects over 70,000 people in the U.S. each year. Symptoms include painful urination, unusual discharge, and pain or swelling in the genitals. Gonorrhea is typically treated with antibiotics, however, it was recently discovered that certain strains of Gonorrhea have become resistant to antibiotics.
4) Syphilis: The “19th century monster” Syphilis, that everyone thought was a thing of the past, has made an incredible comeback, and rates are the highest they’ve been in 20 years (especially among gay males). Syphilis is spread through contact with open sores and can cause a number of serious health issues. Among them are brain damage, blood infection, and even death. This isn’t something you don’t want to let go undetected! Thankfully, Syphilis can easily be treated with antibiotics.
5) Herpes: Herpes can appear as small blisters in infected areas. There are 2 different types of Herpes: Type 1 (oral herpes) and Type 2 (genital herpes). Oral Herpes is more common, affecting more than 50% of the population. Genital Herpes, on the other hand, is less common, and affects 1 in 6 Americans. Just like HPV, Herpes is an STD that cannot be cured. However, medication can control and minimize outbreaks.
6) HIV/AIDS: HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections. HIV is transmitted by blood and bodily fluids and over 1 million people have HIV in the U.S. Currently, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are several treatment options available to help those who are HIV-positive live healthy lives. It’s also important to note that just because you have HIV doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop AIDS.
7) Trichonodosis: Although many people have never heard of Trichonodosis or “trick”, it is one of the most common STDs! Nearly 3.7 million people in the U.S. have Trichonodosis, and luckily, it is the most curable STD (Phew!). “Trick” is transmitted through vaginal sex and although symptoms are rare, they include unusual discharge, itching, irritation, and discomfort during sex and urination.
At besafemeds, we are dedicated to providing you with the resources and information you need to protect yourself and besafe against STDs! Knowing which STDs are the most common can help you understand the risks that come with getting frisky in the bedroom. As a discreet online STD treatment provider, we understand your privacy concerns when getting tested and treated for STDs. Therefore, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable journey for people to get STD treatment in a quick and private process.
It’s easy! Simply fill out the short diagnostic form on our website highlighting your symptoms, allergies, age, gender, etc. Shortly after, you will receive a call from one of our licensed doctors or nurse practitioners who will ask a few questions and discuss your treatment options with you. If a medication is required, it can be picked up at your local pharmacy- That’s all there is to it!
As always, if you have any questions or wish to learn more, feel free to contact us!‹ Back to Blog