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Not so good. [Mar. 12th, 2008|01:08 am]
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Many of you have seen this.. but it's pretty scary.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TEEN_STDS?SITE=WABEJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-03-11-16-54-39

Study Finds 1 in 4 US Teens Has a STD




CHICAGO (AP) -- At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts.
Some doctors said the numbers might be a reflection of both abstinence-only sex education and teens' own sense of invulnerabilty. Because some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility and cancer, U.S. health officials called for better screening, vaccination and prevention.
Only about half of the girls in the study acknowledged having sex. Some teens define sex as only intercourse, yet other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some diseases.
Among those who admitted having sex, the rate was even more disturbing - 40 percent had an STD.
"This is pretty shocking," said Dr. Elizabeth Alderman, an adolescent medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center's Children's Hospital in New York.
"To talk about abstinence is not a bad thing," but teen girls - and boys too - need to be informed about how to protect themselves if they do have sex, Alderman said.
The overall STD rate among the 838 girls in the study was 26 percent, which translates to more than 3 million girls nationwide, researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. They released the results Tuesday at an STD prevention conference in Chicago.
"Those numbers are certainly alarming," said sex education expert Nora Gelperin, who works with a teen-written Web site called sexetc.org. She said they reflect "the sad state of sex education in our country."

( More at the link, it goes on to talk about HPV, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis *Which I've never even heard of.. what's that? and Genital Herpes. )

Really scary stuff. :( That's a freakin' epidemic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSM&e

And that's Charlie Bit My Finger! :) A much needed cute infusion.
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[User Picture]From: romeokid
2008-03-12 06:19 am (UTC)
I'M #1 TO COMMENT!! YAY!!! Now let me actually read the entry... Haha.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 06:21 am (UTC)
lol. ;) Yeah, that'd be good. hehe. ;)
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[User Picture]From: romeokid
2008-03-12 06:21 am (UTC)
Haha, I was just shown Charlie Bit My Finger at work today! How weird that you should post it today!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 06:22 am (UTC)
It's cute, isn't it? :)
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2008-03-12 06:48 am (UTC)
That is really, really scary!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:30 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I don't even know how to respond, you know? That's just so messed up.
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[User Picture]From: maggiedacatt
2008-03-12 07:30 am (UTC)
That's not that shocking when you realize that 85% of people contract one strain or another of HPV (that's HPV alone, not all STDs) by the age of 50.
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[User Picture]From: recursive
2008-03-12 05:10 pm (UTC)
And then there's the large percentage of people that acquire some variety of Herpes Simplex at some point in their life, too, which might be counted in this study.
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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2008-03-12 07:38 am (UTC)
Girls are not told that they can have doctor/patient confidentiality starting as young as 14,.. and in some states, as young as 12. If parents werent too scared to talk HONESTLY with their kids, if doctors took the extra time to ask and answer questions of young teens about sex, sexual actitvy, safe sex and sexual health, and if teens weren't so goddamned stupid and think that "pulling out" will stop herpes transmission... the WHAT DO THEY EXPECT?!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:33 pm (UTC)
Exactly. There are so many to blame for this, it's hard to know where to start. :(
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2008-03-12 08:43 am (UTC)
well if 1 is going into 4 surely theyre going get something. lets just be glad its not 4 in 1 US teen.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-03-12 03:05 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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[User Picture]From: thecolourclear
2008-03-12 09:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry: 838 girls? I'd like a repeat of the study, especially if this number is being used to equate to ALL girls in the United States.

Has this study been repeated?

I feel very ... leery of this survey.
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[User Picture]From: fengi
2008-03-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
Exactly - because, y'know, it might be an issue that our health organizations have been under the control of aggressively anti-science authorities who deliberately manipulate data and use phrases such as "sex cults" for the last 8 years.
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From: truelovechild
2008-03-12 11:45 am (UTC)
Not to be all, you know, rubbin'-it-in, or whatever, but there are benefits to not sleeping with men. And monogamy.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:37 pm (UTC)
lol. ;) Well, these teenage girls aren't looking for monogamy it looks like.

And you can get std's from girl to girl.
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From: ex_theglaiv
2008-03-12 12:02 pm (UTC)
And as usual, I would like to point out that's only "of those studied". That would vary with regional area IMHO. And of course, what are the odds in the girls they didn't study or who didn't own up.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:38 pm (UTC)
Well, I think they tested all of these specific girls that were referenced in the study.
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[User Picture]From: sly_cult_race
2008-03-12 12:27 pm (UTC)
Wow. Scary stuff! Thank god I live in Australia :) (Though my boy is half america, but hasnt lived there over the age of like 10).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:38 pm (UTC)
I really gotta visit Australia one of these days.
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[User Picture]From: trish_punch
2008-03-12 12:51 pm (UTC)
Another scary sex-related story I read recently was in my UN News & World Report last week. Doctors are noticing an increase in oral STDs, and they say it is partly because of the "oral sex isn't really sex" culture (I blame Clinton for reinforcing that idea) and the unawareness of the spread of STDs during unprotected oral sex. Doctors are seeing HPV in throat cultures and other nasty stuff.

And this isn't just kids - these are adults being stupid and unprotected.
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[User Picture]From: nonplussed
2008-03-12 02:40 pm (UTC)
doctors ARE seeing oral HPV more and more. i just read a research study on it and they're finding that it's leading to head and neck cancer.

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[User Picture]From: fengi
2008-03-12 01:02 pm (UTC)
"838 girls...translates to more than 3 million girls nationwide"

Really? Wow, I'd like to see that methodology.

I call shenanigans.

Edited at 2008-03-12 01:03 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:40 pm (UTC)
lol, I was definitely wondering about that too.
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From: theeinherjar
2008-03-12 01:08 pm (UTC)
One of the problems I am seeing isn't just sex related it is anything. There are states that put things like gun safety, sex education, drivers ed etc on the ballot as things to vote on whether or not to teach in schools. Then a bunch of people argue against them saying these things should be the parents responsibility. WELL NO DUH! However the reason the schools are needing to teach these things is often because parents don't or won't teach these things. Sex education especially is a universal issue. Studies have shown that girls who have sex education are more likely to start having sex at a later age and when they do to more protect themselves.

I am sorry this whole "teenagers think they are invulnerable" mythos isn't there fault. Teens who think they are invulnerable do so because we tell them they are. We spend their entire lives telling them that life is easy that Bambi survives the fire that Cinderella gets her prince charming while glossing over and forgetting the ugly truth. That his mom died and that her step sisters cut their feet to fit the slippers. Seriously folks all you do when you shield your kids from reality is allow for reality to bite them in the ass.
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From: theeinherjar
2008-03-12 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yes I know it should be "their fault" not there fault but I was ranting and forgot to edit
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-03-12 01:25 pm (UTC)
I dont think its shocking at all. My sex ed didn't happen till sophomore year of high school, and while *I* didn't need it till then, I'm pretty sure I was in the minority.

People are so dumb. I'd be one of those revolutionary health teachers that would be fired for the jar of condoms on my desk. And I'd have to stand up in the middle of the cafetera and yell, "GUESS WHAT? THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE SEX ANYWAY. And now, they'll have gonhorrea too. PEACE." Then they'd make a movie about me on Lifetime. A Lifetime Original.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:52 pm (UTC)
LOL. I enjoy you. ;)

We learned in 6th grade I believe.
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[User Picture]From: misspeony
2008-03-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
My daughter, who's been in college for the last 4 years has been saying this right along. She doesn't have 1 friend who has never had an STD. There is a vaccination out that will protect against HPV which causes cervical cancer. So there are strides being made on this. But this vaccination has raised a moral issue with some parents who feel it is a subtle nod to premarital sex. People have a right to believe what they believe, but for me, I'd have my daughters vaccinated in a heartbeat.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-12 05:54 pm (UTC)
I got myself vaccinated when that became available too.

I have many friends who have never had an std, myself included.. but I know many who have.
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