So it’s pretty common knowledge that STDs are a major problem in the teenage community. But how big of a problem you ask? Well, pretty big. For any parents or educators out there, we wanted to enlighten you on just how big the issues of sexually transmitted diseases have become. It’s not enough to teach pregnancy prevention anymore… because several methods of contraception unfortunately don’t protect against STDs. And the sad thing is that in the long run… if not addressed… STDs can actually prevent pregnancy indefinitely.
Read on for more information about teens and STDs. It’s not a “small” problem anymore. And as uncomfortable as it may be, you must find ways to educate and talk to your teen about this issue.
Teens & STDs – Statistics
ONE out of every FOUR sexually active teens will contract a sexually transmitted infection.ONE in TWO sexually active teens will contract a sexually transmitted disease before age 25.
Rates of the HPV virus among teens are as high as 40% (it’s less than 15% in adults). Up to 15% of sexually active teenage girls have the HPV strain that can lead to cervical cancer.
ONE in FIVE people in the U.S. have genital herpes.
Each year, approximately 19 million new STD infections occur, and almost half of them are among youth ages 15-24.
Out of high school students surveyed, 39% DID NOT use a condom the last time they had sex. (according to CDC survey).
An estimated 8,300 young people aged 13–24 years in the 40 states reporting to CDC had HIV infection in 2009.
Students Against Drunk Driving (saad.org)
Center for Disease Control (Sexual Risk Behavior)
Better Homes & Gardens (STDs & Teens: A Reality Check)
Why Worry about Teens & STDs
STDs are a big deal … even as big as your teen getting pregnant. Why? Because STDs can impact future health. Many carry no symptoms, but big health effects. Left untreated, several STDs can cause sterility, stillbirth or miscarriages when it’s time to start a family. HPV can lead to cervical cancer, among others. Many STDs have no cure.
The first step in handling STDs in teens is to have an STD testing resource. Test your teen for STDs to see if they are carrying around any diseases. Based on test results you can either see a physician for treatment, or if there is no cure, give them help on how to handle symptoms and not spread the disease.