Sexually transmitted diseases cost $16 billion a year to treat in the United States, says the nation’s health agency. That’s 19.7 million infections diagnosed annually.
People ages 15 to 24 account for half the cases, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report this week.
The most common infection is human papillomavirus, or HPV, a virus that is linked to cancer.
All STDs are preventable, many are curable, and all are treatable, said Catherine Satterwhite, a CDC epidemiologist. Getting more people tested — such as screening young women for chlamydia and making sure all sexually active adults are tested for HIV at least once — would help, she said.