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How STDs Impact Women Differently From Men

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the U.S., especially among women, who disproportionately bear the long-term consequences of STDs.

For example, each year untreated STDs cause infertility in at least 20,000 women in the U.S., and untreated syphilis in pregnant women results in infant death in up to 40 percent of cases. Testing and treatment are keys to reducing disease and infertility associated with undiagnosed STDs.

How do STDs impact women differently from men?

Click here for the CDC FACT SHEET.

Most common STDs are preventable and curable. There is a vaccine to prevent HPV. Most STDs can be cured with antibiotics, averting serious health consequences and preventing transmission to others.

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