In recent years the number of reported STD cases has increased at an alarming rate. Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea are the three most common diseases. Since 2006, the number of new Syphilis cases has grown by 15% annually. Similarly, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea have increasingly spread since 2012 especially among young adults. All three often go unnoticed by those infected, but can lead to life-long complications if untreated - which is why these "reportable diseases" are monitored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC estimates the direct costs for the US healthcare system to be of the order of 20 billion USD. Most of these costs can be prevented through STD awareness, safe sex, STD testing - and treatment in the case of an infection. But what is your own personal risk? Just as population characteristics differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, STD rates vary significantly by gender, age, race/ethnicity and location (see the variations in the Chlamydia rate per 100,000 inhabitants by county below).
STD & Me provides a predictive model that leverages publicly available statistics on STD prevalences from the CDC with Census data on population characteristics to calculate individual risk factors for the three most prevalent STDs. By entering your information below you will get individual scores for each of the three STDs and comparisons of your risk to your gender, your age group, your race/ethnicity and your location. The presentation below has more information on the data and the model.
The scores from STD & Me are not a medical result. They do not replace STD testing, which can only be done by labs through testing sites or, e.g., through your primary care physician. STD & Me is solely meant to raise awareness of STD risk. Awareness is the first step to prevention, but "to reduce STDs, Americans must take steps to protect themselves. For sexually active individuals, testing and treatment according to CDC's recommendations, using condoms consistently and correctly, and limiting the number of sex partners are all effective strategies for reducing the risk of infection and consequences to health." (Source: CDC)
The silent infection. This most common STD often goes unnoticed since most patients show no symptoms. The consequences are severe, and can lead to infertility. In most cases it can be treated with antibiotics.Learn More
Like Chlamydia and Syphilis, this STD is most frequent among young people. It is the second most prevalent of the reportable STDs and is more common in the South of the US. In most cases it can be treated with antibiotics.Learn More
This infectious disease has spread massively since the early 2000's, especially among men who have sex with men. Like Chlamydia, the early stages of Syphilis are often unnoticed. In most cases it can be treated with antibiotics.Learn More