Undated (WXOW) - There are 20-million new sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. every year, and it costs about $16-billion to treat them.
That's according to new numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Half of all new infections occur in young people, ages 15 through 24. Many of the cases, about 14 million, involve the human papillomavirus or HPV.
The agency says all STI's are preventable but left untreated, infections can cause lifelong problems and even death.
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