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One in Four Teenage Girls Has an STI

I know teens are having sex, but I just heard some disturbing news. One out of every four girls, aged 14 to 19, has an STI. That means more than 3 million teenage girls nationwide are infected, according to a study from the federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. The study tested for four STIs and found that 18 percent of the girls had HPV, the virus responsible for causing genital warts and certain types of cervical cancer. Chlamydia affected 4 percent, trichomoniasis (a common parasite) affected 2.5 percent, and 2 percent of the girls were infected with herpes.

This of course is really sad news, but lack of education is mostly to blame. Girls and anyone who's sexually active for that matter, need to know that STIs can be passed through oral sex just as much as they can with vaginal intercourse. They need to know how to protect themselves by using male and female condoms, and dental dams. Men and women also need to get tested for STIs before becoming sexually intimate. It's recommended that anyone who is sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship get the Gardasil vaccine to prevent this virus to reduce the chance of developing certain types of cervical cancer. Hopefully these scary statistics can help protect people from passing STIs.


TFS TFS 9 years
why doesnt this suprise me...
k-squared k-squared 9 years
Glad I'm not one of them. But at least I know to wait. Sex isn't everything; I've got my whole life to look forward to, why would I need a kid holding me back (in the very rare event that teen pregnancy happens, a la Juno)? When will girls my age learn?
girlgreen girlgreen 9 years
alarming indeed! and i'm with syako...what about the boys? wouldn't it be crazy if they had a subtantially different rate of infection (in either direction)? that would definitely say something interesting if you know what i mean... also, the real numbers are likely even higher than terrible.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
This is alarming.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
thats so disturbing... it all has to do with girls trying desperately to be "wanted" even if that includes having sex with boys who r not responsible. sit ur daughters down, teach them what "rules" they need to set before having any sort of sex with any sort of guy and give them the confidence to dump his ass and walk away if he doesnt want to comply....
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
damn shame
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
This is really disturbing. I think its time parents start to educate their kids about dangers of Sex, they need to speak to them about abstinance and protection - starting at the young age of 11.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Wow, that is just mind boggling. This is one of those things that makes me not want to have kids.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
That's scary! I know people don't want their kids to have sex but they are going to do it anyways and so parents really need to sit down and talk to their kids about protecting themselves. When i have kids i will not encourage them to have sex at such a young age but i will let them know they can come to me and i will help them get birth control and condoms.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Yeah this sucks.
syako syako 9 years
my husband sent me the link to this article yesterday and said something to the effect that good thing we're not single/dating anymore... :scared: what about the boys?
Beaner Beaner 9 years
This is so sad.
petite42 petite42 9 years
They did not even include HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis in that count, so the stats are probably higher. It's very sad.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I read that article- didn't it say that the 1 in 4 figure is for all teens, even the abstinent ones? I think the figure for sexually active teens is 40 percent- which is astronomical.
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 9 years
I just heard about this on the radio on my way to work this morning....that is incredibly frightening..
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