Sexually Transmitted Disease
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infectious diseases that spread from one person to another through intimate contact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there about 18 million new cases of STDs reported annually. Adolescents and young adults (15-24) are the age group at the greatest risk for acquiring an STD, about 9 million becoming infected each year.¹
STDs can affect anyone – sexually active guys and girls of all ages and backgrounds. What most people do not understand is that STDs are spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore; or by having vaginal, oral or anal sex. The bacteria or virus can be spread through a tiny cut or tear that is not visible to the naked eye. When it comes to sex, no matter how careful you try to be, there really is no ‘safe’ sex. A condom is not 100% effective against any STD. The only safe sex is abstinence. Sex is also considered safe in the context of a monogamous relationship (i.e. marriage) where neither party is infected with an STD.
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More than half of all people will have an STD at some point in their lifetime
Each year, 1 out of 4 teens contracts an STD
About 9 million new STD cases are reported annually for adolescents and youth ages 15-24
By age 25, 1 in 2 sexually active people will acquire an STD
If you are sexually active, you are at risk for acquiring STDs. To find out if you have been infected,
visit one of the FREE STD Clinics in the area:
Wednesdays, Registration 4pm – 5pm
Cumberland County Health Department
30 Magnolia Avenue
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Tuesdays, Registration 4pm – 5pm
Vineland Health Department
Vineland Public Health Nursing Office
610 Montrose Street, Suite 1
Vineland, NJ 08360
856-794-4000 ext. 4806
Thursdays, 10:30am - 5:00pm
Call for Appointments
370 South Broadway
Pennsville, NJ 08070
1 Weinstock H, et al. Sexually transmitted diseases among American youth: incidence and prevalence estimates, 2000. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2004;36(1):6-10.
2 Koutsky L. (1997). Epidemiology of genital human papillomavirus infection. American Journal of Medicine, 102(5A), 3-8
3 Alan Guttmacher Institute. (1994). Sex and America's Teenagers. New York: Alan Guttmacher Institute.
4 Cates JR, Herndon NL, Schulz S L, Darroch JE. (2004). Our voices, our lives, our futures: Youth and sexually transmitted diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.