Adolescent Health at Risk – Due to Unsafe Sex

Holy Hormones Journal: I do not know what to comment on first. But let me comment on the subtitle of this post on ScienceDaily first… calling for “major new investments” in women’s health. We have generations of adolescent girls on synthetic hormones – left unprotected from STD’s and who are now suffering the effects of that? the medical industry is now seeing 05.15.16 girl-869205_640dollar signs in a population of girls they have purposely neglected. Yes, I say purposely – because they knew all along that this new methods of birth control would not protect against sexually-transmitted infections – and they turned a blind eye… except for Merck & Co. who saw the market first and developed their dangerous and deadly HPV vaccine Gardasil – while manufacturing Implanon – the synthetic hormone rod inserted into a girl’s arm. I call that collusion – nothing more than profiteering off of innocent girls. Develop a birth control method with no protection from STD’s and then stand on the other side of the fence with their vaccine.

Of course, teen girls’ health is at risk… their immunity has been compromised – they lack the nutritional status to fend off virus and bacteria… and now the “under-investment” in adolescent health means a new market for more vaccine and other medications. What we need is relevant education – and it is more than just a class on birth control and STD’s it is an empowering curriculum on teaching adolescents¬† that they have more value than what lies between their legs.

I have heard from many at-risk young women who do not have just one STD – but multiple STD’s. years ago a 14 year old told me that she had to have er cervix removed – because she had contracted an infection after the first time she had sex. That is criminal.

Synthetic hormone deceive girls into thinking they are “safe” and “protected.” Nothing is farther from the truth. Pregnancies do not kill – STD’s do.

Women’s health advocates have seen this coming for years. It was inevitable. And nothing was provided to protect these girls – and boys – until there was a big enough market to turn this into a profit-making investment while these children suffer.

¬†These teens are also suffering from obesity and mental health issues – because of GMO’s and the endocrine-disrupting chemical glyphosate and the generational use of synthetic hormones which deplete essential micronutrients and severely damage our endocrine systems.

No wonder women are struggling with premature births, and premature deaths in this country…

We better see some education – and it damn well better be more than get this vaccine.

Shame, shame, shame.

Unsafe sex is fastest-growing risk for ill health in teens

New report on adolescent health, well-being is a wake-up call for major new investments in adolescent health

ScienceDaily

Date:May 10, 2016

Source:Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Summary:A new groundbreaking report finds that years of neglect have had detrimental effects on adolescent health. Two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, and unsafe sex are an ongoing threat to their well-being. Adolescents also face new challenges: rising levels of obesity and mental health disorders.

The Lancet Commission’s groundbreaking report, “Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing,” finds that years of neglect and underinvestment have had serious detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of adolescents aged 10-24 years. Launched in London, the report shows that two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, unsafe sex, depression, injury, and violence are an ongoing threat to their health and wellbeing. Adolescents also face new challenges, including rising levels of obesity and mental health disorders, high unemployment, and the risk of radicalization.

The fastest-growing risk factor for ill health in young people aged 10-24 years over the past 23 years is unsafe sex, the Commission found.

Columbia University was one of four global academic institutions that led the Lancet Commission. John Santelli, MD, MPH, chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a key spokesperson on adolescent health issues, was a featured panelist on country responses to the report at the launch event. Terry McGovern, JD, Columbia Mailman School professor of Population and Family Health, and one of the Commissioners, took part in a panel on taking action in the secondary school setting.

“Inconsistent, irrational laws have a negative impact on adolescent health,” noted McGovern, an expert on improving healthcare for low-income women and programming relating to HIV, gender, LGBT, and human rights. “In many countries, married female adolescents can access contraception, while the unmarried cannot. These are irrational inconsistencies which result in bad health outcomes.”

The single best investment we can make is guaranteeing access to free, quality secondary education, according to the report. Every year of education beyond age 12 is associated with fewer births for adolescent girls and fewer adolescent deaths for boys and girls.

Because adolescence is generally thought to be the healthiest time of life, young people have attracted little interest and too few resources. Yet most health problems and lifestyle risk factors for disease in later life emerge during these years. In fact, adolescents aged 10-24 years have the poorest healthcare coverage of any age group. Access to universal health coverage–regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital and socioeconomic status, particularly among the most marginalized–was a key recommendation of the Commission.

According to the authors, the report’s findings should serve as a wake-up call for major new investment for the 1.8 billion adolescents worldwide–the largest generation in history–89 percent of whom live in developing countries. Their number is set to rise to about 2 billion by 2032.

“From a life-course perspective, adolescents stand at the crossroads of the major challenges to global health: HIV/AIDS, intention and unintentional injuries, sexual and reproductive health, and chronic disease,” noted Santelli, adding that, “Investments in adolescent health have the potential to alter the future course of global health.”

Other Key Findings:

  • The two main contributors to health loss worldwide for both sexes are mental health disorders and road injuries although these causes of health loss differed by gender.
  • Depression resulted in the largest amount of ill health worldwide in 2013, affecting more than 10 percent of 10-24 year olds.
  • Unsafe sex has become fastest-growing risk factor for ill health in both males and females aged 15-19 years old, rising from 13th place in 1990 to 2nd place in 2013.
  • Alcohol remains the world’s leading risk factor for ill health in young adults aged 20-24 responsible for 7 percent of the disease burden.

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Key global findings from GBD paper:

  • While global efforts to improve the health of children under 5 have led to major improvements in younger ages, the leading causes of death for young people aged 10-24 years have changed remarkably little from 1990 to 2013, with road injuries, self-harm, violence, and tuberculosis remaining in the top five.
  • Maternal disorders were the leading cause of death in young women in 2013, responsible for 17% of deaths in women aged 20-24 years and 11.5% in girls aged 15-19 years.
  • The leading risk factors for death in young people aged 10-14 years have not changed in the past 23 years, with unsafe water, unsafe sanitation, and handwashing remaining in the top three. Diarrheal and intestinal diseases are still responsible for 12% of deaths in 10-14 year old girls.
  • Injuries, mental health conditions, common infectious diseases, and sexual and reproductive health problems are the dominant health problems in young people.
  • In both males (18.8%) and females (15.6%) aged 10-14 years, iron deficiency is the leading cause of ill health (years lived with disability (YLD) — ie, time spent in less than optimum health), whereas depressive disorders are the leading cause of ill health for females aged 15-19 years and 20-24 years.
  • The two main contributors to health loss worldwide for both sexes are mental health disorders and road injuries (measured in terms of disability adjusted life years (DALYS) — the proportion of lost years of healthy life due to illness rather than death).
  • These causes of health loss differed by gender: for males, road injuries were ranked among the top-four contributors to all age groups, while females lose substantially more health to iron deficiency and depression than their male counterparts.
  • Unsafe sex has become a key risk factor for health loss (DALYs) in both males and females aged 15-19 years old, rising from 13th place in 1990 to 2nd place in 2013.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.