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One in Four Teenage Girls Infected with STD

By March 11, 2008 - 3:09pm
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How many teenagers in the United States are infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

A recent study published in the New York Times announced the following findings:

Almost 50% of African-American teenage women were infected with an STD (sexually transmitted disease), compared to approximately 20% of white teenage women.

This study was done on a national level, with just over 800 participants who agreed to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. They generalized the 800 participants to a national level, guessing that over 3 million teenage girls are infected with an STD (STI).

What do you think of this finding and this study? You can read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/science/12std.html?ref=health

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I saw this article yesterday too and did a little research. If ound a blog in WSJ that said while alarming, there's no need for a panic.

"The majority of those cases are infections with strains of a virus, human papillomavirus, that are associated with genital warts and cancer. But most people who get infected with HPV never know it, because the virus goes away without causing any health problems. “It is important to realize that most HPV infections clear on their own,” noted a summary of the study that the CDC emailed to the WSJ.

Think it underscores the need for awareness, but also may not need to be as concerned as some would like us to believe.

March 12, 2008 - 8:11am
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