20 STD Facts to Text Your Ex Right Now
Do you think your ex is knowledgeable enough about STDs? Well, maybe it's time to educate them a little. Sexually transmittable diseases can be uncomfortable, annoying, expensive, and sometimes even deadly, if left untreated. Some are curable, some are not. Wouldn't it be a shame if your ex just happened to get some horrifying information about them, all at once?
All vindictiveness aside, the history of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) is a long and frightening one. It involves a lot of death, misunderstanding, and medical strife in all countries of the world, including the United States. Whether you're distressed, curious, or just wanting to mess with someone, spreading around facts about STDs rather than STDs themselves is a pretty good practice.So here's a list of STD facts to send to your ex, whether you want to frighten them or just educate them on some important STD statistics. Who knows? You might even learn a little something yourself.
There Are Three Types of STDs: Bacterial, Parasitic, and ViralDid you think there was only one type? Think again. Bacterial STDs include things like chlamydia and gonorrhea, and are curable as long as you see your doctor and get the appropriate medication. Parasitic STDs include pubic lice, also known as "crabs," and tend to be curable. Viral STDs, on the other hand, often have no warning signs or symptoms, and can cause irreversible damage before you even know they're there. If that sounds a little frightening, hold onto your hats, you haven't seen anything yet.
There Are Over 350 Million New STI Infections in the USA Every YearPhoto: Thomas Hawk / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0This terrifying number includes men, women, and even youths, and seems to rise every year. The more terrifying thing? This number of new infections, recorded in 2015, only includes chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. There are even more infections besides that, worldwide, to the tune of one million new STIs per day!
People Between the Ages of 15 and 24 Account for 50% of All New STD InfectionsThis is a number straight from the CDC, so you know they have their facts straight. There seems to be this belief that younger people don't have STDs, and that's simply not true. In fact, that small age range of 15 to 24 makes up a whopping 75% of people infected with gonorrhea!
There Are 110 Million People Walking Around with STIs Right NowIf you're wondering how many people have diseases right now, the number might shock you. In 2008, there were around 110 million cases of STIs recorded in the United States alone. The biggest killer out of all those sexually transmittable diseases? Hepatitis C, a disease that's very difficult to diagnose.
If You Have an STD, You're More Likely to Get HIVThat's right, even if it's a curable or treatable disease, having any STDs still make you more likely to contract HIV, a huge killer worldwide. The reason for this is that having sores, caused by many STDs, make your skin a less effective barrier. The same behavior that often causes you to get STDs also makes you statistically more likely to eventually get HIV.
HPV Is the Most Prevelant STI in the United StatesPhoto: VCU CNS / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0Even though human papillomavirus (HPV) does have a vaccine, it is still the most prevalent new STI infection in the US. In fact, nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. What's worse is that, although many of the 100 types are completely harmless, there are about 30 types that can put you at risk for cancer. Yes, even anal and penile cancer in men. So get vaccinated!