Sexually Transmitted Infections Surface Soon After Teenage Girls Become Sexually Active
Nov. 23, 2009 — One in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
Researchers found that 24.1% of girls between the ages of 14 and 19 tested positive for one of five of the most common sexually transmitted infections, including human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex virus type 2, and chlamydia.
But what they say is most concerning is how soon these sexually transmitted infections appeared after teenage girls began engaging in sexual activity. The study showed that within one year of initiating sexual activity, 19.2% of teen girls had an STI.
“The prevalence of STIs among female adolescents is substantial, and STIs begin to be acquired soon after sexual initiation and with few sex partners,” write researcher Sara E. Forhan, MD, MPH, of the CDC and colleagues in Pediatrics.
The presence of a sexually transmitted infection does not necessarily mean that the person will develop symptoms of the disease. But some infections can lead to long-term complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and cervical cancer. Some STIs also increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV.
In the study, researchers analyzed information collected from 838 teenage girls aged 14-19 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2003-2004.
Overall, 24.1% tested positive for at least one of these STIs, and the prevalence was higher, 37.7%, among sexually experienced teenage girls.
Comment from Leslie
And they are moving the pap smear guidelines up to age 25? What are these young women going to do? Walk around with STD’s for 10 years? Lose their cervix at age 14 (have seen that happen). Or is the grand agenda to include STD vaccines along with all the over vaccines in the pipeline?
I do object. Someone has to stand up for these girls. they are the innocent. Where will they get their reproductive health education.
We cannot endorse promiscuity without accountability.