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Prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among teens is rising


The teenage years are often reckless ones, as young people sometimes believe they are impervious to negative consequences. However, nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by sexually transmitted disease (STD) statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Rates of chalmydia among people aged 15 to 19 rose by 2.8 percent between 2009 and 2010, while the number of older teens with gonorrhea went up bu 1.8 percent, according to the CDC.

The trend of rising syphilis rates has curbed recently after years of a steady increase of infections among 15- to 19-year-olds. In order to keep this positive trend going, teens and parents should be educated on safer sex practices.

Sexually active teens and adults should know that using a condom properly greatly reduces a person's chance of becoming infected with an STD. Additionally, getting tested on a regular basis can prevent the spread of these diseases.

Teens should also know that there are a number of sexual health resources online, at school and at healthcare facilities to help them learn responsible sexual behavior.