How At-Risk Are You to Catch an STI?


You've likely been hearing about STIs since the first day of sex ed, and yet, there's still so much more to learn.

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New research from offers detailed insight on just how susceptible you are to STIs based on a few simple facts about yourself. These are the questions to keep in mind when keeping an eye on your STI risks:

Where do you live?

CDC Infographic on STDS

Not every city in the U.S. is created equal when it comes to sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea are more rampant in some states than others. For instance, Washington, D.C. has the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, whereas Louisiana has the highest number of cases with syphilis. Word to the wise: Take this into account when considering unprotected sex in these spots.

How old are you?

CDC Infographic on STDS

Individuals between the ages of 15 and 29 are at the most risk for catching an STI. Chlamydia and syphilis, however, were found to exist more in younger folks rather than those in the older age bracket. 

What's your gender?

Though both men and women are at highest risk during the timeframe mentioned above, women are, in general, more prone to catching chlamydia in that same age bracket. Women are four times more likely to contract the STI, especially when with just one partner.

How many partners do you have?

CDC Infographic on STDS

The more partners you have, the higher your risk of contracting an STD. Makes sense, right? To give you a better picture, consider this: A person who sleeps with more than 200 women has a three out of four chance of contracting chlamydia.