Shocking: 1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has an STD
A CDC study was released today at the 2008 National STD Prevention Conference that reported that, among 800+ girls ages 14-19 examined in 2003-2004 for chlamydia, HPV, herpes, and trichomonas, nearly 26% had at least one of these sexually transmitted infections. 1 in 4. Seriously. And they didn’t even count HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis… Yikes.
Among those with any STD, 15% had more than one, and nearly 25% had bacterial vaginosis, regardless of reported sexual activity.
Strangely, the rate was 39.5% among those who actually admitted having sex, so a percentage of these girls both had a sexually transmitted infection and denied having had sex. I’m assuming that some were lying, and some simply weren’t counting oral sex and the like.