TO COMMENT!! YAY!!! Now let me actually read the entry... Haha.
lol. ;) Yeah, that'd be good. hehe. ;)
Haha, I was just shown Charlie Bit My Finger at work today! How weird that you should post it today!
That is really, really scary!
Seriously. I don't even know how to respond, you know? That's just so messed up.
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.
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.
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?!
Exactly. There are so many to blame for this, it's hard to know where to start. :(
well if 1 is going into 4 surely theyre going get something. lets just be glad its not 4 in 1 US teen.
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.
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.
Not to be all, you know, rubbin'-it-in, or whatever, but there are benefits to not sleeping with men. And monogamy.
lol. ;) Well, these teenage girls aren't looking for monogamy it looks like.
And you can get std's from girl to girl.
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.
Well, I think they tested all of these specific girls that were referenced in the study.
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).
I really gotta visit Australia one of these days.
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.
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.
"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)
lol, I was definitely wondering about that too.
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.
Yes I know it should be "their fault" not there fault but I was ranting and forgot to edit
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.
LOL. I enjoy you. ;)
We learned in 6th grade I believe.
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.
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.