After having sex, pregnancy is not the only thing you have to be worried about. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are common; and while some can be cured, others cannot. Many will affect you for the rest of your life.
Medical experts estimate that approximately 19 million new sexually-transmitted infections occur each year—almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.
When assessing rates of infection among certain age groups, Mississippi tied with Florida for the highest rate of infection among 13-19 year olds and had the fifth highest rate of infection among 20-24 year olds in 2009 (Maps 4 and 5) .