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    1 out of 4 teen girls has an STD

    CDC study: 25% of teen girls have STDs

    At least one in four teenage girls in the United States has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than three 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 per cent 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 per cent. While some teens define sex as only intercourse, other types of intimate behaviour 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.

    But the study highlights what many doctors who treat teens see every day, Blythe said.

    Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's division of STD prevention, said the results are the first to examine the combined national prevalence of common sexually transmitted diseases among adolescent girls. He said the data, from 2003-04, likely reflect current rates of infection.

    "High STD rates among young women, particularly African-American young women, are clear signs that we must continue developing ways to reach those most at risk," Douglas said.

    The CDC's Dr. Kevin Fenton said given that STDs can cause infertility and cervical cancer in women, "screening, vaccination and other prevention strategies for sexually active women are among our highest public health priorities."

    The study by CDC researcher Dr. Sara Forhan is an analysis of nationally representative data on 838 girls who participated in a 2003-04 government health survey. Teens were tested for four infections: human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and affected 18 per cent of girls studied; chlamydia, which affected four per cent; trichomoniasis, 2.5 per cent; and herpes simplex virus, two per cent.

    Blythe said the results are similar to previous studies examining rates of those diseases individually.

    The results were prepared for release Tuesday at a CDC conference in Chicago on preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

    HPV can cause genital warts but often has no symptoms. A vaccine targeting several HPV strains recently became available, but Douglas said it likely has not yet had much impact on HPV prevalence rates in teen girls.

    Chlamydia and trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics. The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under age 25. It also recommends the three-dose HPV vaccine for girls aged 11-12 years, and catch-up shots for females aged 13 to 26.

    Douglas said screening tests are underused in part because many teens don't think they're at risk, but also, some doctors mistakenly think, '"Sexually transmitted diseases don't happen to the kinds of patients I see."'

    Blythe said some doctors also are reluctant to discuss STDs with teen patients or offer screening because of confidentiality concerns, knowing parents would have to be told of the results.

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    Exclamation video on STD testing

    Everybody should watch this:

    Also, doctors rarely test for herpes so make sure you ask for it. If you get a sore throat after DATY or a , it might be because you caught oral HSV-2 (better than genital herpes). Make sure you always get tested for herpes when passing a routine STD screening exam.

    Last edited by General Gonad; 03-12-2008 at 02:55 AM.
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    This is total crap.

    There is a big difference between having a Sexually Transmitted Disease and having a sexually Transmitted Infection. You can be infected (meaning you have been in contact with a virus), but not have the disease. The numbers they refer to are for STI. This is a big difference. HPV accounted for 72% (18 of the 25% of infections) of reported infections. Most of the time, this virus is quickly eliminated by the body without any disease. If you remove these cases, you end up with only 7% of girls infected. This is still a lot for girls of this age group, but not so news worthy. This is probably why they boosted their results by including HPV.

    You have to keep in mind that by the time girls graduate from college, 60 to 70% will be positive for HPV, meaning they have been in contact with the virus. I guess the number would be close to 100% for SPs, whether or not they use condoms for intercourse. Still, only a small proportion will get genital warts or cervical cancer.

    That being said, SPs should seriously consider receiving Gardasil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    CDC study: 25% of teen girls have STDs


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    Montreal Sp's and STD's

    Is there any way to find out which Montreal Sp's have STD's
    Please reply.

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    I don't believe these #'s for a second. First of all not all teen girls are sexually active, about 20-25% wait until their late teens/early 20's before they lose their virginity. So the 25% now gets over the denominator of 75 or 80 meaning that 31%-33% of those girls who are sexually active contract an STD. Sorry but I'm not buyin it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Gonad
    Everybody should watch this:

    Also, doctors rarely test for herpes so make sure you ask for it. If you get a sore throat after DATY or a , it might be because you caught oral HSV-2 (better than genital herpes). Make sure you always get tested for herpes when passing a routine STD screening exam.

    GG, I didn`t know about HSV-2 being transmitted thru or DATY, but I know that gonorrhoea can definitely be transmitted by receiving a . Even with a condom, you can get HPV and possibly pass it on to your SO, if you have one. Like it or not, STDs are very real and I wouldn`t trust the likes of Eliot`s bimbo to know whether or not she`s got one.

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