As per CDC’s latest report (samples were taken in 2016), teenage STD statistics indicate some alarming insights. Following are the stats as per the report.
- 81% of young people between the age group of 13-24 years are gay and bisexual males
- 22% of all the HIV cases diagnosed in the US belongs to the Adolescents age group of 13-24 years
- Young people account for 50% of all STI, whereas they are(15 to 24years old age group) just 25% of the total population.
- Only 10% of the teens have ever been tested for HIV
*CDC recommends all adolescents and adults 13-64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine medical care.
So, what is the most common STD among teenagers today ? & what age group has the highest rate of STDs?
The top 3 common STDs among youth as per CDC’s latest report (2016) is as follows.
- Chlamydia: There are 1,008,403 reported cases of Chlamydia in the age group between 15-24. This makes 63% of all Chlamydia
- Gonorrhea: The rate of reported gonorrhea cases increased 11.3% among the teenage group of 15–19 years
- Primary and Secondary Syphilis: The rate of Primary & Secondary syphilis has increased by 13 % among the age group of 15-19 years
*the rate above belongs to the year 2016 when compared to the previous year.
Teen STD facts: Revealing the cause of rising in STDs in teens
In a survey conducted by CDC in a high school, following are some interesting facts which if known can help avoid STDs.
- 41% had ever had sexual intercourse, as against the suggestion of abstinence from having sex
If decides to have sex, one must get tested for STDs beforehand.
- 30% had sexual intercourse within first 3 months of their term in a high school. Out of these 30%
- Percentage of student did not use condom last time they had sex : 43%, this is because it is always suggested to use condom every time you have oral, anal and vaginal sex
- Did not know the method to prevent pregnancy: 14%
- Students under the influence of alcohol or used drugs before last intercourse
- Only 10% of all students have ever been tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).*