Louisiana, in particular, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, leads the way nationwide with the most, and growing numbers of HIV and AIDS cases. The problem at this time, is of a grievous concern as the levels grow to epidemic levels.
But, though these extreme STD's garner cause for concern, the "more common" varieties like Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis are on the rise as well.
However these specific STDs, like most, can be mostly avoided depending on your lifestyle and by exercising an extra bit of caution.
In response, the government is looking to launch campaigns to educate the public on new ways to treat the more common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
As with any disease, knowledge is the best defense to help avoid a potential future problem. So, before you become a victim, learn the warning signs and symptoms for some of the most common STDs below.
Women - vaginal discharge which may be green or yellow in color. Pain when urinating.
Pain in the lower abdomen and bleeding between periods, or heavier periods.
Men - discharge from the penis that may be white, yellow or green. Pain or burning when urinating. Swelling of the foreskin.
Symptoms usually appear within a week of being infected but sometimes may not show up until months later. The infection can also affect the eyes, rectum or throat if semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with these areas.
If treated early gonorrhoea is unlikely to give any long-term problems.
But if left without treatment it can be serious. Women can get pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can also lead to infertility.
Men can get infections in the testicles and prostate and that can also affect fertility.
A course of antibiotics through an injection or pill. Quick treatment is vital.
Caused by the HPV virus, these small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes appear around the genital or anal area.
They're the second most common infection after Chlamydia. Warts can appear on their own or in clusters, giving a cauliflower appearance.
They are usually painless but may be uncomfortable if around the anus.
Symptoms occur normally two or three months after infection, sometimes up to a year, and a person can be infected just by skin-to-skin contact as well as penetrative sex.
They don't pose a serious threat to health but can cause psychological distress.
Creams or lotions, or sometimes a laser on harder warts.