Whaaa? Is there such a thing as good news when it comes to STDs? Well, maybe not “good” news, but we’ll take progress:
About 60 percent of sexually active high school students say they used condoms the last time they had sex, researchers said at the International AIDS Conference. That’s an increase from the 46 percent who were using condoms in 1991.
The proportion of high school students who’ve had sex is 47 percent today – down a bit from 54 percent in 1991 – and they typically start at age 16, CDC said. Black teens showed a bigger decrease, with 60 percent sexually active today compared with 82 percent two decades ago.
Fifteen percent of high school students say they’ve had four or more partners, down from 19 percent in 1991.
Read the full article “Research shows more teens using condoms” from ABC News.
Statistics show that 60 percent of black teens are sexually active today compared with 82 percent two decades ago.
Progress for preventing STDs
The article indicates that there is still much work to do for STD education and use of proper STD prevention. However, reading that more teens are using condoms today than they were a few years ago, and that teens are having fewer partners, shows progress. Especially within the black community, with almost 20% fewer teens are having sex.
Teens understanding how STDs work, realizing that condoms are one of the only methods of STD prevention and committing to STD testing will allow us to see continued progress. It might not solve the problems completely, but it will certainly keep us moving in the right direction.