Today marks the 8th annual National Women’s Check-Up Day, a nationwide effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to promote the importance of regular check-ups as “vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions.”
Planned Parenthood has put together key points concerning sexually transmitted infections along with a handy quiz (see below) to help assess individual risk.
* It is estimated that nearly 19 million new cases of STIs occur each year, and that by the age of 25, one in two sexually active young people will contract an STI.
* Biological factors place women at greater risk of infection than men, and contribute to more severe health consequences for women.
* Chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States, are also among the most serious and preventable threats to women’s fertility.
* Both rates and consequences of chlamydia and gonorrhea are far more severe among women than men.
* If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility.
* Most STIs have also been associated with increased risk of HIV transmission.
* Many STIs often don’t cause any symptoms. Many people get or spread infections without ever having symptoms.