Half of urban teenage girls may acquire at least one of three common sexually transmitted infections (STI) within two years of becoming sexually active, according to an Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute study.
The study appears in the December 2009 issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The researchers followed 381 girls enrolled at ages 14 to 17 years and found that repeated infection with the organisms that cause chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis also was very common.
"Depending on the organism, within four to six months after treatment of the previous infection, a quarter of the women were re-infected with the same organism," said Wanzhu Tu, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute investigator.
Within two years, about three-quarters of participants with an initial sexually transmitted STI were diagnosed with a second STI, although not necessarily of the same type. Within four years of an initial STI, virtually all (92 percent) of the participants had a subsequent STI.
TEENS SHOULD BE WARNED OF THIS - AND NOT TAUGHT FISTING AND OTHER DEVIANT SEXUAL PRACTICES ARE COOL BY KEVIN JENNINGS - OBAMA'S SAFE SCHOOLS CZAR.
(AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN BY "URBAN TEEN"? IS THIS A PC EUPHEMISM?)