Infectious diseases range from mild to life threatening. Here’s what you need to know.
- Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It’s so common that nearly all sexually active men and women contract it at some point in their lives.
- An estimated 1.2 million U.S. people live with HIV infection, the precursor to AIDS. However, about 12 percent have not yet been diagnosed.
- Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population may catch the flu (influenza) virus each year. Getting a flu vaccine reduces your risk of flu infection by 50 to 60 percent.