The content here can be syndicated added to your web site. STDs are diseases that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Many of these STDs do not show symptoms for a long time. Even without symptoms, they can still be harmful and passed on during sex. Anyone who is sexually active can get an STD.
Author information: 1 Dept. Sexually transmitted diseases STDs are a serious health problem for adolescents, occurring in an estimated one-quarter of sexually active teen-agers. Many of the health problems--including STDs--result from specific risk-taking behaviors. Determinants of STD risks among adolescents include behavioral, psychological, social, biological, institutional factors.
Study: Many teens and young women think STDs can't happen to them
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Many young women and their doctors remain uncomfortable talking about sexually transmitted diseases, and these patients often underestimate their risk, according to a new report by a major health services provider. Poor patient-doctor communication and false beliefs about STD risks may be among the factors contributing to the nation's record high rates of STDs, says the study, released Monday by medical laboratory testing giant Quest Diagnostics. The Quest-commissioned national survey queried females ages 15 to 24, mothers of females in that age group, and physicians. STD cases exceeded 2 million in , the highest rates ever reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half were in young people.