Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Girls aged 15-19 have highest incidence of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

According to a recent CDC report, adolescent girls aged 15-19 have the largest reported number of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases (409,531) when compared to any other age group. More than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea were reported in 2008. Even scarier than the reported numbers, these diseases may have no symptoms and often go untreated; however, they are the two most commonly reported in the U.S. African-American girls continue to be disproportionately affected by STDs than any other racial group.

Additionally, Syphilis, once on the verge of elimination, began re-emerging in 2001.

YIKES! What are we doing about this? Is abstinence the answer? Should we hand out condoms in schools?

What's your opinion?

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/STDsurveillancepressrelease.html

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