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View Diary: STD Awareness Month It's Important (3 comments)

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  •  Important yet sadly overlooked (1+ / 0-)
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    One other reason to pay attention to the "old-fashioned" STDs is that many can increase the risk of HIV infection due to open lesions, the presence of white blood cells, etc.

    One question:  If chlamydia is the most common STD, with 1.4 million infections each year, how can the total number of new STD infections possibly come out to 20 million?

    •  Very true (0+ / 0-)

      Very true about the open lesions and the increased chance of HIV infection.

      To make it more clear it's the highest reported STD. Many STDs like herpes and HPV don't have to be reported to the state health departments and have very high rates. and the chlamydia statistics are reported and not what is estimated by the CDC

      If you look here it's clear that most people WILL contract a form of HPV at some point in their lives

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