Individuals with sexually transmitted diseases by age and gender

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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 and Gonorrhea by Age Group and Gender

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