1 in 4! STI Rates Highlight Importance Of (Actual) Sex Education

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If there was any time to pay attention to the importance of sex ed, the time is now. A new study found that 25% of teenage girls have had a STI.

Research has repeatedly indicated that abstinence-only sex education programs are not effective. If there was any time to pay attention to the importance of sex education, the time is now.

A new study found that 25% of teenage girls have had a sexually transmissible infection (STI). Even more alarming is that among the 25%, 15% have two or more. In the study, researchers tested for the four most common STIs: HPV, chlamydia, genital herpes, and trichomoniasis.

This means that the numbers could potentially be even higher, seeing as how there are more than just four STIs. Furthermore, many STIs go undetected and can remain in the body for periods of time without any noticeable symptoms. Genital Herpes, for example, is typically only noticed when a person has an outbreak, but can remain dormant in the body for long periods of time.

This just means that there are many people walking around who have STIs and don’t even know it. That’s kind of scary if you think about it and love your health as much as I do.

Some from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have suggested that this reflects on insufficient sexual education or any other type of preventative measures. Abstinence only education is clearly failing at this point, and more has to be done in order to stop these rising numbers.

Teenage girls – and their partners - are at a great risk for STIs, and many of them have the wrong information, or no information at all, about how to protect themselves.

More on this study can be found at the New York Times (free NYT registration required to read the article).

Samantha Seeger

is a recent graduate of Indiana University with an undergrad degree in Gender Studies and a double minor in Psychology and Human Sexuality.
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