CDC: One in Four Teen Girls Have an STD

A new report out today from the US Centers on Disease Control and Prevention–the first of its kind–has found that 25 percent of teenage girls carry some form of sexually transmitted disease. That is, according to this summary in Reuters, an estimated 3.2 million US girls between the ages of 14 and 19. The racial breakdown is quite skewed: 48 percent of black teenage girls, dropping down to 20 percent of whites and 20 percent of Mexican American girls (note: this category is narrower than the general Latino demographic). CDC officials, according to this New York Times report, said the report highlights the need for screening, vaccination and other prevention measures for S.T.D.’s. “High STD infection rates among young women, particularly young African-American women, are clear signs that we must continue developing ways to reach those most at risk,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr., who directs the CDC’s division of STD prevention.

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