POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 6:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 11:25am
Tyler , TX (KETK) — The Centers for Disease Control just released a shocking report.
There are more sexually transmitted infections in the United States than new jobs and people graduating from college.
According to new data released by the CDC, there were about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections reported in the US in 2008.
Hitting the biggest number in history at 110 million sexually transmitted infections.
According to statistics about 1.5 million bachelor degrees were given out in the 2007- 2008 school year .
This means the number of sexually transmitted infections in 2008 was higher than the number of bachelor degrees given out by nearly 13 to 1.
The CDC reported that 50% of the new infections were among people ages 15 to 24.
Tyler Independent School District made sure they incorporated abstinence based classes into their curriculum to educate their students on sexual health.
TISD director of guidance and counseling says the state does not require high school's to have a health class but TISD does.
"We talk more than just physical health in that class. There are so many things that impact lives' of kiddos today," said Director Marty Barbieri.
George Roberts from the the Northeast Public Health District says none of this surprises him.
He says media and show business can be a bad influence on young people.
"People think they are essentially bullet proof. They are going out there and having unprotected sex and these are some of the consequences," said Roberts.
The CDC also stated the 20 million infections reported each year is costing the nation about 16 billion dollars in medical costs alone.