Sadly, the CDC also puts out a "scare brochure" designed to get people riled up and get tested. This brochure claims that "1 in 4" people "may" have an STD. Note the use of the word "may" in the title. But what is the real story?
"In the United States, nearly 20 million cases of new STD infections are reported each year, reports Live Science. Since infections can persist for a long time, and because some victims are not even aware they have a disease and can easily spread it to others."
The 110 Million number is arrived at by estimating how many unreported cases there are, and then by arguing that a number of people from last year may still have the infection (I guess they decided to remain untreated). Pretty specious statistics.
Here is real data from the CDC:
- Syphilis (primary and secondary) Cases reported in 2013: 17,375
- Gonorrhea Cases reported in 2013: 333,004
- Syphilis (congenital) Cases reported in 2013: 348
- Chlamydia Cases reported in 2013: 1,401,906
Where is the other 108 million coming from?