Report: 50% of Sexually Active Teen Girls Have an STD
According to a study appearing in latest issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, published by the American Medical Association and published by Reuters, half of sexually active girls are at risk of contracting one of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by age 15.
For eight years, researchers followed 386 adolescent girls between 14 to 17 years old. They found that within two years of becoming sexually active, half of the girls were infected with at least one of three common sexually transmitted organisms: Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or Trichomonas vaginalis -- the organisms that cause chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, respectively.
The researchers found that a quarter of the women had acquired their first STI by age 15, most often Chlamydia.
Researchers also found that after being treated for the infection, the girls were re-infected with the same disease, within four to six months.
Those girls are lucky. This 14-year-old girl, not so much.