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http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8VBB9D00&show_article=1

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.

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 government health survey. Teens were tested for four infections: human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and affected 18 percent of girls studied; chlamydia, which affected 4 percent; trichomoniasis, 2.5 percent; and herpes simplex virus, 2 percent.

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.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar recommendations.

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.

The American Academy of Pediatrics supports confidential teen screening, she said.

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Horrible to see, but we better not teach that one measure 100% proven to prevent this sort of problem.... ABSTINENCE.

And back in the world of reality...

You can teach it all you want, but hormones are going to get the best of some. I know that if I had the opportunity, I would have taken advantage of it. Maybe if we had a healthy view of sex in general in this country, we wouldn't have the stigma and people would actually get the help they needed.

Course, that's also not in the realm of reality, unfortunately...

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And back in the world of reality...

You can teach it all you want, but hormones are going to get the best of some. I know that if I had the opportunity, I would have taken advantage of it. Maybe if we had a healthy view of sex in general in this country, we wouldn't have the stigma and people would actually get the help they needed.

Course, that's also not in the realm of reality, unfortunately...

Jason

Hey, if these kids want to do the "crime", they need to be willing to do the "time", whether it's being afflicted with an STD or that true terror, PARENTHOOD. Maybe if we actually made these children PAY THE PRICE for their mistakes, they'd be less likely to make them. Or at least maybe the next generation would be, because their parents might actually teach them the potential consequences of their actions.

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Horrible to see, but we better not teach that one measure 100% proven to prevent this sort of problem.... ABSTINENCE.

I've never met anyone that has a problem with teaching abstinence. The problem is that you left out the second word. "ONLY" When the only thing you teach, and I using the word teach is a stretch, is abstinence then what you are really promoting is ignorance. Ignorance Only is completely unacceptable.

Parents need to stop getting red faced when the sex topic comes up and sit their kids down and get real with them. Sex is a part of human nature and, despite what people may wish, humans become sexually mature much earlier these days then when they are likely to get married. Abstinence only is a gamble that kids will make it through highschool and likely college without having sex. I don't know about you but the odds of that at the moment appear to be pretty damn bad. Sending them out there armed only with "you better not!!!" is pretty damn stupid.

Sex is part of the human condition, like it or not, and not teaching them isn't going to change the fact that they are going to have sexual thoughts. Either parents can help them understand what is going on with their bodies or they can learn it from a red faced gym teacher forced into this role - and their dumb friends. Or just their dumb friends in the case of ignorance only schools.

Seems like a pretty easy choice to me. Talk to your kids. Don't talk about stupud birds and bees - be straight with them. Educate them fully so that they don't go to some dumbass teenager or MTV for answers.

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Horrible to see, but we better not teach that one measure 100% proven to prevent this sort of problem.... ABSTINENCE.

Right.

Obviously, the problem is that we haven't been doing what hasn't been working for 10 years enough.

(Insert Einstein's definition of insanity.)

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Hey, if these kids want to do the "crime", they need to be willing to do the "time", whether it's being afflicted with an STD or that true terror, PARENTHOOD. Maybe if we actually made these children PAY THE PRICE for their mistakes, they'd be less likely to make them.

Comparing this to law and order is absurd. Laws aren't hidden from us in the way sexual education is hidden from people forced to live in an ignorance only school district. If you don't teach them about the damn "crime" the only thing you are doing is increasing the odds that they end up doing "time".

Or at least maybe the next generation would be, because their parents might actually teach them the potential consequences of their actions.
SO you mean after learning the hard way these kids would turn away from abstinence only? Imagine that.
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Hey, if these kids want to do the "crime", they need to be willing to do the "time", whether it's being afflicted with an STD or that true terror, PARENTHOOD. Maybe if we actually made these children PAY THE PRICE for their mistakes, they'd be less likely to make them. Or at least maybe the next generation would be, because their parents might actually teach them the potential consequences of their actions.

I'm not quite sure what you are suggesting. There seems to be a lot of girls paying the price by getting an STD, some of which can do permanent damage not only to you, but any potential children you might have.

Also, just because someone pays a price for making a mistake doesn't mean others are learning from it. A few from my high school class made similar mistakes and probably paid for them. I had a friend of mine in college get pregnant from her boyfriend. She dropped out and I haven't seen her since. One girl from my high school didn't attend graduation because she was giving birth. Another "girl" was 22 and was just coming back to school after giving birth as well.

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