Adolescents and STIs

Every Day in America 10,000 teens catch an STD.

The stigma associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) often prevents people from discussing STIs and from getting treatment when they are infected. But STIs are a serious problem in the United States, especially among youth.

STIs are preventable: condoms protect against most; the HPV vaccine provides protection from four types of HPV that cause cancer; and abstinence provides 100 percent protection. Young people must be provided with the tools they need to protect themselves: complete, accurate information and access to health care services and contraception/condoms.

Read on to learn more about STIs in the United States.

Adolescents and Sexually Transmitted Infections
(Advocates for Youth)

2009 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)