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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hitting Teens More Than Ever

Updated on October 10, 2012

Fact: "One in four girls has at least 1 STD-- Center for disease control and prevention"

According to Wiki answers and the U.S. Census bureau, we have approximately a teen population of 30 millions. So, there is a chance that from ten adults, one will be in the teen bracket (roughly 10-14 years of age)

A new study on Sexually transmitted diseases ( STD) should certainly grab your attention. One in four girls ages 14 to 19 (sexually active bracket) has at least one STD.


How can you actually keep your teen safe?

It started when they saw your actions toward life. If you didn't talk to your teen girl much, then you are in trouble. Studies show that 2/3 of teens had sexual intercourse before finishing High School, the other 1/3 was bullied or survived sticking to an 'old fashion way,' told us Margaret J. Blithe, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Most likely your teen had a pediatrician since he/she got his/her first shot for school. At around age 11 or 12, start asking your family doctor about STDs during a visit with your teen. You Tube has excellent short videos. If a teen wants to talk privately with a doctor, don't get mad, they want to start opening before is too late.

List of common diseases

  • Chlamydia
  • HPV-Human papillomavirus
  • Herpes (simplex virus)
  • Trichomoniasis

Some quick facts about STDs

  1. Chlamydia for ages 15-19 is five times higher in a girl than in a boy, due to internal temperature that helps the bacteria to grow.
  2. Consequently Gonorrhea rate is as twice as much.
  3. STD are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites ( most are silent, so is easy to be a carrier, and spread the disease)



"is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.--- CDC"

Female STD Symptoms

Beware and be ready to check your son's girlfriend. Symptoms include:

  • Irritating vaginal discharge (check their behaviour, or pills they are taking)
  • Painful pelvic inflammatory disease. As a mother, you know when a girl goes to the bathroom 'too often'
  • Menstrual problems. a good sign too. Some have irregular periods as well.
  • For us boys: discharge from our penis or that burning sensation when we urinate should flag that date.

Second advice... and third

  • Keep the doors open to a down to earth dialogue. Remember as well, that when we were 13 or 14, we were too shy to ask certain questions. Today, they just just text us with that silly question.
  • Be savvy enough to tell your daughter, that she is your life, and... well, naturally, will give you your grand.
  • Apply similar rules for your boys. The net has information that grows by the nanosecond.

Fact: Chlamydia, if untreated, it can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Meaning, if a girl by the age 20 and above, is still infertile...then we allow you to raise your eyebrows. Don't tell her we told you that. That poor 'thing' didn't even know she got infected anyways.

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Wonderful apporach Kristine!

    Kids need that confidence to open up to their parents. Girls are about the same. Most will look for the parental support in any thing. Thanks for commenting and see you around.


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    Kristine Reyes 

    9 years ago from Baguio City Philippines

    education starts from the parents, I think if parents are very open to talk to their kids, their children won't feel any awkwardness to ask questions. Just have to try to discuss matters as light as possible to make it appear normal. and kids won't shy away.

    This is actually what I'm trying to do now, I used to over react about little things. like how he got a scrape on his knee ( my son is 10y/o still a baby) 'cause I'm a "What happened?!" and instead of my son telling me what really happened he'd just tell me he didn't know or it's ok. But when I started to do the gentle approach, he started telling me more. So I think that's a good start to a good communication.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Dinkan Levertis, Jasper, Cloverleaffarm,and Tammy. This is a serious issue that is not being look upon like it should. We have 30 million youngsters that are trusted to make their own moves, and as we might suspect, they are following the call of nature, like the common reaction to that Pizza we see on TV. Thanks for your comments and I see why more women are interested in this global Problem. Thanks a lot ladies.


  • tammyswallow profile image


    9 years ago from North Carolina

    This is such an epidemic. I think that free protection should be available to teens because not all of them are comfortable asking thier parents for such things. Vital hub!

  • cloverleaffarm profile image

    Healing Herbalist 

    9 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

    The word no works miracles. More people should learn it, and teach it to their children.

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    9 years ago

    Great hub you have done a great job putting this info together! STDs are on the rise so many there say that its not going to happen to them but if your sexualy active then your at risk its a sad truth. Sex is a big responsabilty teens often dont relize that and many today arnt taught. Great work very informative artical all parents and sexauly active should read this information.

  • Levertis Steele profile image

    Levertis Steele 

    9 years ago from Southern Clime

    I did not know that people could get an STD from a swimming pool or river, but I have always suspected it. I have always told my children not to swim in public pools because establishments' help may not treat the pool water according to health departments' regulations. Think about it: you swim in water that has run over and through others' private places. You swim in water some have urinated in and some have not had a bath. When you go under, you come up with a mouth full of water. I watch swimmers spitting water out of their mouths and wonder how they could do it. Yuck! No public pools for me and no guests swimming in my pool! Sorry. A public pool is like a toilet, probably nastier because more people swim in it.

    Who in the world can prove that someone can get an STD from a river? Really? Why are people so stupid to have unprotected sex with all of the deadly stuff out there? The governments need to start ordering states to add Salt Peter in the water systems, except for mine. :)

  • dinkan53 profile image


    9 years ago from India

    Yes STD's are transmitting too fast. Last week read from an article that Chlamydia is becoming more common as not only sexually active individuals and those having multiple partners are involved but also the poor victims include those simply getting it from swimming pools and rivers. So don't hesitate to call your health care provider if you have symptoms of any of STD.


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