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1 in 4 teen girls has an STD

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1 in 4 teen girls has an STD

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CHICAGO - 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.”

HPV most common
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 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.
Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but why wouldn't you just say HPV instead of "A virus that causes cervical cancer"
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Originally Posted by orangecrush18
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Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but why wouldn't you just say HPV instead of "A virus that causes cervical cancer"
Why wouldn't you say both? "HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer"
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I'd like to know how many DVDTalkers make a doctor's appointment after reading this article...
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This is why all of the fellas that show up at this man's--house have a good supply of johnnycoats with them.
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I'll have to have my cervix looked at just to be safe.
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I just went up to a group of 4 teen girls and asked, "Which one of you has the pussy fungus?" and they called the cops.
Thanks for bad info, orangecrush.
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Originally Posted by ben12
Why wouldn't you say both? "HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer"
That is what I found strange. I think what you wrote would be the best option. "A virus that causes cervical cancer" seems a bit loaded to me (what with the omission of the critical word "can").
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I'll have to have my cervix looked at just to be safe.

So you really are a teen girl!! ah ha, we knew something wasn't right...
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No, I just want to make sure my cervix is clear. Clean?
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
No, I just want to make sure my cervix is clear. Clean?
Don't worry. Anything that was alive down there was frozen off a couple of years ago.
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Originally Posted by orangecrush18
Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but why wouldn't you just say HPV instead of "A virus that causes cervical cancer"
Why wouldn't you just say "genital warts", which is what it is? Oh yeah, not as dramatic as "CANCER!!1!OMG!!1".
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Why wouldn't you just say "genital warts", which is what it is? Oh yeah, not as dramatic as "CANCER!!1!OMG!!1".

If you have genital warts you might as well have cancer.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
If you have genital warts you might as well have cancer.
I hate to break it to you, but:
According to a 1997 American Journal of Medicine article, nearly three in four Americans between the ages of 15 and 49 have been infected with genital HPV at some point in their life.
Unless you're a hermit, it's all around you. Also, statistically, either you or your significant other has it. It just may not have mainfested itself...YET!
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I hate to break it to you, but:Unless you're a hermit, it's all around you. Also, statistically, either you or your significant other has it. It just may not have mainfested itself...YET!

MY GOD!
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Perhaps we can get Jesse Jackson to sue the virus for the pattern of infection.
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I'm on the fence as to whether to say "pics?" or not.
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Whew! Good thing I only have sex with PRE-teen girls. You have to get to them before those, um... really nasty guys with disease do first.
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Are the rates higher among the 12% who've had anal sex?
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I guess none of you have daughters
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I just went up to a group of 4 teen girls and asked, "Which one of you has the pussy fungus?" and they called the cops.
Thanks for bad info, orangecrush.
I just laughed my ass off!
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I guess none of you have daughters
If I did I'd keep the little whore in the basement.
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I guess none of you have daughters

Why, do you?
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