Recent statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that American teens and young adults are greatly impacted by sexually transmitted diseases. The report found that people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for half of all new cases of STDs each year, even though they represent just 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.
A new investigation in the U.K. reveals that those younger than 16 are being affected there as well.
According to The Mirror, more than 15,000 young teens were diagnosed with STDs, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and genital herpes, within the past three years.
The news source, which obtained data from the country's Health Protection Agency, also reported that 13 children younger than 16 are diagnosed with STDs every day. Additionally, STD infection rates have increased by 93 percent among this age group between 2003 and 2011.
Some blame the increase on a lack of effective sex education in British schools. Others state that parents should communicate more openly with their children about sex and the threat of STDs.
While abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way to avoid STDs, the CDC promotes the consistent and correct use of condoms to curb infections.