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How many people have sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
In the United States, about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year. The infections have no preference for background and economic levels. Women have more frequent and more serious health problems from STIs than men. African American women have higher rates of infection.
In the United States about 19 million new infections are thought to occur each year. These infections affect men and women of all backgrounds and economic levels. But almost half of new infections are among young people ages 15 to 24. Women are also severely affected by STIs. They have more frequent and more serious health problems from STIs than men. African-American women have especially high rates of infection.
This answer is based on source material from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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