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Shocking: 1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has an STD

March 11, 2008

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.

The full study isn’t available yet, but the abstract is online, as is a related press release. Now, about that abstinence-only sex ed…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. naomidagenbloom permalink
    March 12, 2008 7:24 am

    this is so disturbing. i wish more grandmothers like me would get informed about this. my two granddaughters are under three and i’m very unsettled about the Gardisil issue.

    in truth it was yesterday that i came here because i’d just heard this latest bad news. and got distracted by your post about carnival of pozitivities…thanks again. definitely in favor of “shameless self-promotion” and voted for your voice.


  2. March 12, 2008 6:50 pm

    This, of course, shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. With the advent of “abstinence only” sex ed (which, obviously, based on this article among other things, isn’t working), we no longer teach teens how to protect themselves from disease (and pregnancy).

  3. March 12, 2008 9:06 pm

    Caitlain, but I really, really want it to be a shock instead of expected, you know? And I definitely don’t think we’re going to get there if we keep telling kids as little as we’re telling them now.

  4. March 14, 2008 6:36 pm

    Oh, I definitely agree. It *should* be a shock, and it probably is to the average American. Sadly, even if it was shocking to policy makers, they still won’t be able to grow the gonads to actually do anything about it. It is so sad that politicians allow ideology to usurp public health. That should be criminal.

  5. August 27, 2009 6:06 pm

    If comprehensive sex were so great… because as of last year for every $12 spent of sex-ed… $1 was spent on abstinence… if Safe-sex programs are so great… and condoms are so great…then why do we have an epidemic of stds… about 70 million people have an std and now 19 million folks a year get an std…10 million are under the age of 24…. just 30 years ago 1980…. only 4 million reported case…. do your homework… Darby


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