Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Workers at STD/STI clinics across the nation attest that very few of their infected patients — fewer than two in 10 men and one in 10 women — ever figured they were at risk for acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.
Yet this year alone, around 19 million Americans will be infected, most of which don’t involve tell-tale signs. Half of all sexually active people will contract an STD by the time they're in their mid-20s.
Whether or not such threatening statistics are looming over your love life, a sympathetic glance or wince towards anyone who's contracted an STD reveals the necessity to be tested, and the folly of making assumptions about one's own invulnerability — or a partner's presumed status.
Even the most promiscuous, careless people out there seem to believe their own personal regimen for staying safe, or rationalization for not being tested, is airtight. Finding out they were wrong is not only a rude awakening but a life-altering event. But, don't just take my word for it. See for yourself -
The Less You Know - STD PSA from Dan LaGuardia on Vimeo.