Teens with sexually transmitted diseases by race/ethnicity

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a widespread issue among youth. An estimated 19 million new infections occur each year and almost half of them occur in adolescents and young people. While some infections display signs, most STDs can be "silent," displaying no symptoms and can be diagnosed only through testing. Despite the common nature of STDs, testing for these infections is not widespread, leaving many infections undetected and undiagnosed. The social stigma, lack of public awareness and inadequate education about STDs can severely inhibit discussions about risks, symptoms, transmission and the need for regular testing. As a result of the extensive number of STD cases and lack of public awareness, STDs remain a major public health challenge.
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Definitions: Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and All except HIV/AIDS for 15-19 Years Olds by race/ethnicity

Data Source: HIV/STD/HCV Program, Delaware Division of Public Health

Footnotes:

Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Hispanic cases are duplicated in the table as they are also listed by race.

This data represents all STDs reported (including gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, etc) excluding HIV/AIDS.