The Centers for Disease Control released some shocking information Tuesday-- if your teenage daughter has three girlfriends, chances are one of them has a sexually transmitted disease. The CDC reports that, even in girls who say they've only had sex once, they have a one in five chance of being infected.
Sarah Forhan, a CDC Lead Researcher, says, "These numbers translate into 3.2 million women, age 14 to 19, who are infected with an STD. "
The CDC tested over 800 teen girls for HPV, the most common STD, and also herpes, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis, but not gonorrhea or HIV. The CDC says that the sheer number of infections is alarming but another concern is that less than half the young women who ask for pregnancy tests or for emergency contraception ask for an STD screening. That indicates that there could be many more who don't even know they are infected.
The CDC is encouraging innovative solutions like clinics in schools and doctors who treat both patients and their partners.