Public Health, Medical News: American Teenagers and STDs
March 12, 2008
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release on Tues Mar 11 2008 regarding recent published studies which found high rates of sexually-transmitted diseases among female adolescents in the United States. One in four of those in the study were found to be infected with an STD.
These are troubling statistical trends. The infections with the highest rate of incidence in the population studied were human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia and herpes simplex. 48% of African-American women and 20% of Caucasian or Hispanic women were found to have an active STD during the study.
These findings may have long-term effects on general health for 3,200,000 young women, as well as impacting their future fertility or reproductive outcomes.
This study also directly or indirectly reflects the lack of preventive counseling by this population’s health care providers – principally pediatricians. A final question is: how will their male cohorts who are also potentially infected be identified, tested, treated and counseled?
The CDC released its study today at a conference on STD prevention in Chicago being held March 10-13, 2008 (screenshot below):
The full press release can be viewed by clicking here.