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Old 03-11-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has An STD

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CHICAGO (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.

A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls—nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

About half of the girls acknowledged ever 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 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.

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This is really sad.

I wonder if we should point the finger at the "abstinence only" programs that are not in touch with the reality that teens will experiment with sex - and the programs should focus on that, not deny it.
Also, where are the parents? Aren't they the ones who should be talking about safe sex with their children?
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That statistic boggles the mind.
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That is so depressing- my feeling is that it is due to many factors including parental involvement and sex ed (or lack thereof) and denial that some of these girls and boys live in.
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A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19
I'd like to know more about this, and when I have time I've been meaning to look it up, but if anyone has any summary let me know.

This seems to be a fairly new phenomenon. I grew up in what I would think is the height of the safe sex movement and I never remember any mention of this virus. Is this something that fairly recently has been linked to sex or is just something we know more about today?

I have a friend who got HPV that developed into cervical cancer. The scary thing is so far, there is no test for men(from my understanding). They both got tested before they got engaged and she thought she was in the clear.
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Is this something that fairly recently has been linked to sex or is just something we know more about today?
No. This has been known for a very long time. In fact, there are HPV-infected cervical cancer cells from 1951 that are effectively immortal.

The reason why people are making mention of it now has everything to do with the arrival of the HPV vaccine (marketed as "cervical cancer vaccine" to placate religious fanatics). Prior to that, it wasn't mentioned, because it was just presumed that you'd get HPV sooner or later, having become sexually active. It is estimated that 80% of all people have HPV, with only a small fraction ever developing symptoms (i.e., warts), and an even smaller percentage of women from there getting cervical cancer from it. It was basically seen as "common" as Herpes Simplex I ("cold sores"), and just an unavoidable part of life.
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No. This has been known for a very long time. In fact, there are HPV-infected cervical cancer cells from 1951 that are effectively immortal.

The reason why people are making mention of it now has everything to do with the arrival of the HPV vaccine (marketed as "cervical cancer vaccine" to placate religious fanatics). Prior to that, it wasn't mentioned, because it was just presumed that you'd get HPV sooner or later, having become sexually active. It is estimated that 80% of all people have HPV, with only a small fraction ever developing symptoms (i.e., warts), and an even smaller percentage of women from there getting cervical cancer from it. It was basically seen as "common" as Herpes Simplex I ("cold sores"), and just an unavoidable part of life.
Thanks for the info... So has it always been included in STD studies such as this? Seems like it would really skew the numbers.
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I'm safe.

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Damn looks as if i need to buy condoms now, how selfish of them.

But in all seriousness, these girls and anyone who has unprotected sex is playing russian roulette.
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Re: 1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has An STD

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This is really sad.

I wonder if we should point the finger at the "abstinence only" programs that are not in touch with the reality that teens will experiment with sex - and the programs should focus on that, not deny it.
Also, where are the parents? Aren't they the ones who should be talking about safe sex with their children?
Guess what the STD and pregnancy rates are among those "out-of-touch with reality" teenage girls that DO practice abstinence is?
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Guess what percentage of overall teenage population is actually practicing abstinence?
That wasn't the point. The point is, that you cannot live that much disconnected from reality as to think that if you don't teach anything but abstinence mysteriously all those teenagers will follow you there. So it's your responsibility to make sure that they are staying healthy and know how to protect themselves, for you will not be able to prevent teenage sex from happening. No matter how much you pray.
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Re: Re: 1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has An STD

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Guess what the STD and pregnancy rates are among those "out-of-touch with reality" teenage girls that DO practice abstinence is?
You can't possibly think this response actually address the issues with abstinence only programs?
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Re: Re: 1 in 4 Teenage Girls Has An STD

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Guess what the STD and pregnancy rates are among those "out-of-touch with reality" teenage girls that DO practice abstinence is?
Tell us.
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Guess what the STD and pregnancy rates are among those "out-of-touch with reality" teenage girls that DO practice abstinence is?


how was holding out until marriage? did you practice what you preach?

but, to answer your question, i bet it's 0% ... until they finally do have sex, and then get pregnant, and then get married, and then have another kid, and then get divorced at 27, and then the cycle continues ...
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then get divorced at 27
That old?
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