Happy Valentine’s Day, 110 Million People In America Have Sexually Transmitted Illnesses

Two new studies released today paint a pretty grim picture of the sexual health of the country. Sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) will unfortunately be a popular gift tonight.

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2. Alright, two new sexual health studies have been released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), analyzing data from 2008.

3. According to the studies, there are 110,197,000 cases of STIs in total in the United States right now.

4. People between the ages of 15 and 24 make up about 20% of that 110 million.

5. Most alarmingly, if you only look at new, and not already established cases, half of the newly infected are between the ages of 15 and 24.

6. And HPV makes up 71% of all current sexually transmitted illnesses.

7. The studies compare totals taken in 2000 and totals taken again in 2008, which shows an increase of 1 million new cases each year.

8. The study also showed that STIs cost $15.6 billion annually, with chlamydia being the most expensive, totaling $742 million.

9. The CDC’s advice for avoiding infection? Wear a condom.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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