CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.
About 3 million teen girls have an STD and 18 percent of them have HPV which can cause cervical cancer.
About half of the girls acknowledged having sex; among them, the rate was 40 percent. While some teens define sex as only intercourse, other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some infections.
For many, the numbers most likely seem “overwhelming because you’re talking about nearly half of the sexually experienced teens at any one time having evidence of an STD,” said Dr. Margaret Blythe, an adolescent medicine specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on adolescence.
My comment: This is CRAZY!!!!
“High STD rates among young women, particularly African-American young women, are clear signs that we must continue developing ways to reach those most at risk,” Douglas said.
The CDC’s Dr. Kevin Fenton said given that STDs can cause infertility and cervical cancer in women, “screening, vaccination and other prevention strategies for sexually active women are among our highest public health priorities.”
So, I’m wondering why no one is addressing the simplist ways of not getting the disease — either not having sex, or making sure both partners get tested BEFORE you decide to get to it!
Probably because then it wouldn’t look like what I term “movie sex.” It would feel more like business than fly by night passion.
And even those researchers don’t want to face the prospect of asking their partner, “Do you have diseases?” 😉
But business people have learned the hard way over eons of time that business is more fun, profitable and enjoyable when you “cover your ass-ets” before you dive in!
I have the feeling sex would be the same. you’d relax and enjoy it more knowing there is nothing to worry about. 🙂
Besides the fact that if someone REALLY cares they aren’t gong to jeopardize your health by not telling you or getting tested if you ask.
Just seems like common sense to me.
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