Girl Talk: The Truth About STDs

Posted: March 19, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized

Girlish Gab on STDs and STIs by Zoe Hoffman (Sasha Bruce P.O.W.E.R. Program)

get testedRecently, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) released numbers stating that there are an estimated 20 million new STD’s transmitted yearly. HPV (human papillomavirus) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, accounting for about 14 million of the 20 million new STD’s transmitted yearly. One of the more commonly known STD’s, HIV, affects less people but also accounts for 18,000 deaths in the USA per year. Not only are these STD’s causing severe health problems, they are also proving to be very costly. The cost of treating STD’s is estimated at 742$ million dollars annually!

This article also works to highlight the importance of treating one’s infection, “All STI’s are preventable. They’re all treatable, and many are curable. But if they’re left untreated, they can lead to pretty serious lifelong problems and even death…” according to Catherine Satterwhite, from the CDC.

The costs that these rising numbers of infections are creating are becoming too much. It’s important as women that we take matters in to our own hands to protect the health of our community. As a woman, I sometimes feel like the effects of STI’s are greater on my body. For example, HPV can make a woman become infertile, as well as cause cervical cancer. I feel that everybody should really come together and speak out on this issue because not enough people know about how wide spread this issue is becoming.

Remember, it’s always important to get tested!

To find out more about the Sasha Bruce Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Risk Reduction (P.O.W.E.R.) Program, visit them online at

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.


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