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STI Basics

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What are the most common STIs?

Expert:   Harry Fisch, M.D., New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University »

If you've been sexually active, it's smart to get tested for STIs. Watch this to find out the ones you could be most at risk of having!

Transcript: THE most common STI is the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Actually, at least 50 PERCENT of sexually active people will have it at SOME TIME in their lives, and because it’s often asymptomatic, most of them may never know they have it. There are 40 different strains of HPV—some cause genital warts, some may cause cervical cancer and others may stay dormant for years with no obvious symptoms. There’s no cure, but depending on which strain you have, you can work out a treatment plan with your doctor. Herpes is also extremely common. While many cases go unreported, it’s estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 to 49 years old have herpes-2, or genital herpes. Another STI, Trichomoniasis, is the most common curable STI in sexually active women. Other common STIs include chlamydia and gonorrhea, which is more common than you may think, affecting about 300,000 Americans annually. While STIs vary widely in their severity and treatment options, just about ALL STIs are preventable through safe sex practices like condom use. [On-screen text to appear stating: Condoms do not fully prevent against herpes and HPV] More »

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