You are at risk for getting an STD every time you have sex. Condoms only REDUCE your risks, they don’t eliminate them, therefore abstinence is your 100% safest choice! There are now more than a dozen STDs, several of which are chronic, life-long infections. Some cause infertility, cancer, and even death! In the United States, it is estimated that there are 19 million new infections each year – over half of these occurring in young people, ages 15-24.