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For thousands of people every day, having sex means getting more than just action. It means getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) if unprotected. These diseases are uncomfortable, embarrassing and in many cases impossible to cure.

But they won’t happen to you, right? Wrong.

Take a coin and flip it. If it lands on heads, you’ve got an STD. That’s how bad your odds are of contracting an STD if you’re having sexual activity without proper PROTECTION. In fact, more than halfof Americans now alive will contract an STD at some point in their lives, so you might not even be safe with tails.

Now let’s imagine that you have $200,000—enough to buy a house or a supercar—but it’s all in pennies. You have 20 million pennies. That’s how many STDs are contracted by Americans every year.

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It’s even worse among young people. Every year, one out of four teenagers will catch an STD. That’s a quarter of teenagers in the United States every year, year after year.

Remember all those pennies you had? Double the number and then add another 12 million. That’s how many American adults have genital herpes: 50 million. Scientists estimate that next year they’ll be joined by another 776,000. The number will only grow because herpes never go away. The virus will stay in their bodies forever.

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Each year, another 14 million people catch it. Considering these statistics, it seems crazy that anyone would have unprotected sex, but it still happens. Don’t become a statistic.