Thursday, March 13, 2008

New CDC Report: 1 in 4 Teen Girls Infected with STD

Minnesota teen health advocates say they're not surprised with the results of the new Centers for Disease Control study that said roughly 25% of teen-age girls are infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Brigid Riley is with the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Preventing and Parenting and said the real wake-up call is to the medical community that should be screening for these diseases. Riley added that its very important for parents to understand the role they play in talking about sexual health with their children. The study found that almost half of black teens were infected compared with 20% of white teens. 15% of those in the survey reported having more than one sexually transmitted disease.

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