May 25th, 2011 | Published in STD Testing
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) continue to present a growing public health concern in countries all over the world; both industrialized and developing. However, STD information and statistics are often hard to come by, especially for developing countries. With data collection and reporting methodologies varying greatly by country, a million new people infected with STDs each day, and the stigma often preventing people from seeking healthcare, STDtesting.com scoured the globe to uncover the latest statistics on STDs impacting the world today.
A few key STD statistics in the United States:
19 million people are infected with an STD each year, but only half are aware. Due to the asymptomatic nature of many STDs, millions of cases go undiagnosed.
25% of teen girls test positive for STDs.
Chlamydia, the most common STD reported in the US, has the highest rates of infection in Mississippi and the lowest rates of infection in New Hampshire.
Syphilis, a curable STD that was near eradication only 10 years ago, is once again a major concern in the South where 53% of primary and secondary syphilis cases occur in the nation.
A few key STD statistics in Europe:
As of 2009, 2.2 million people were HIV-positive.
New HIV cases in Eastern Europe are increasing three times faster than the rest of Europe.
40% of untreated gonoccocal infections and chlamydial infections result in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); 25% of these cases result in infertility.
A few key STD statistics in Asia:
0.3% of adults in southeast Asia are infected with HIV. However, low HIV infection rates throughout some Asian countries actually represent a large number of people.
0.1% of adults (ages 15-49) in India are HIV-positive. This equates to 2.3 million people.
When treating gonorrhea, there is a 75% drug resistance in Thailand; 92% of gonoccocal infections are resistant to treatment.
A few key STD statistics in Africa:
25.9% of adults in Swaziland were living with HIV in 2009.
The female-to-male ratio of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is 8:1.
As of 2009, 5.6 million South Africans were HIV-positive, the largest epidemic in the world.
A few key STD statistics in Latin America:
Statistics on HIV show that Brazil accounts for 43% of all HIV infections in South America
In some Brazilian cities, 60% of drug users are HIV positive.
In the Caribbean, Cuba has the lowest HIV prevalence at 0.1%; the Bahamas has the highest HIV prevalence in the Western Hemisphere at 3.1%
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