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CDC: One in Five People in U.S. Has a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Nearly 68 million people are positive for STIs.

Jan. 25 (UPI) — One in five people in the United States has a sexually transmitted infection, according to estimates released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means nearly 68 million people are positive for STIs, including HIV, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, agency data, also published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, showed.

Roughly one-half all new cases of STIs occurred in people ages 15 to 24, the CDC said.

“The burden of STIs is staggering,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the CDC said in a statement.

READ MORE AT UPI

PHOTO CREDIT: Eli Duke

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