Sexually transmitted infections are a major health problem amongst college students in today's society. Each year, at least 3 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections are reported among people in the United States who are under the age of 25. Within the United States, fifteen million new cases of sexually transmitted infections are annually reported. Out of these fifteen million cases reported, four million are teenagers. Over the last few years, the annual number of new STI/HIV infections has gradually increased amongst teens. Although teens account for a small percentage of reported STI infections, college students make up a large number of this small percentage. The exact number of STIs among college students is unknown, but since college students frequently engage in sexual activities, they are at a high risk of contracting an STI.
Many factors play a role in college students being at risk of contracting an STI. One important factor that plays a role in college students being at risk deals with the social stigmas associated with STIs. The social stigmas associated with STIs often prevent many teens from discussing this health issue. As a result of these social stigmas, many teens underestimate the prevalence of STIs. This leads to young adults and adolescents having problematic knowledge, attitudes, and concerns towards sex and STIs. Consequently, there is a direct correlation between misinformed college students and their actions. Due to the lack knowledge, attitude and concern towards sex and STI, college student engage in anonymous sexual activities by having multiple sex partners and unprotected intercourse. This is an important issue not only to the college student population but also to society in general. STI prevention by peer education is needed to help intervene with the spreading of STIs on college campuses. The more educated someone is about STI prevention; the more likely they are to make responsible and informed choices for their...
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