Half of Sexually active Teens will get STD

Wed Apr 6, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST

RALEIGH, N.C., April 6, 2005 ( - Half of US teens who are sexually active will contract a sexually transmitted disease by the time they are 25, a study by the American Social Health Association (ASHA) revealed Tuesday. The report, State of the Nation 2005: Challenges Facing STD Prevention in Youth, also highlighted that “overall incidence of STDs has increased dramatically in recent years.”

ASHA President Dr. James Allen warned that many STDs - like Chlamydia, a leading cause of infertility in women - could go undetected because of mild symptoms.

The study also found that teens who watched the most television with sexual content - the average show that targets teens - were “twice as likely to initiate sexual intercourse” than teens who did not watch television.

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