3.12.2008

Department of Yikes!

The first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases
among girls and young women has found that one in four are infected
with at least one of the diseases, federal health officials reported
Tuesday. Nearly half the African-Americans in the study of teenagers ages 14 to
19 were infected with at least one of the diseases monitored in the
study — human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, genital herpes and trichomoniasis, a common parasite. The 50 percent figure compared with 20 percent of white teenagers,
health officials and researchers said at a news conference at a
scientific meeting in Chicago. -- New York Times for the full article.

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