Print Pinterest Of the 12 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases STDs that occur each year, 3 million or 25 percent are among teenagers. About 13 percent of youth ages 13 to 19 contract an STD each year. Those statistics are enough to unnerve even the most grounded parent, which is why abstinence is so important for teens. However, knowledge is power, and it's crucial that you -- and your teen -- understand the risks involved in catching an STD.
STDs in Adolescents and Young Adults - Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance
Such factors may cause serious obstacles to STD prevention due to their influence on social and sexual networks, access to and provision of care, willingness to seek care, and social norms regarding sex and sexuality. Among certain vulnerable populations, historical experience with segregation and discrimination exacerbates the influence of these factors. Social, economic, and behavioral factors that affect the spread of STDs include: Racial and ethnic disparities.
For some STDs, such as chlamydia, adolescent females may have increased susceptibility to infection because of increased cervical ectopy. Cervical ectopy refers to columnar cells, which are typically found within the cervical canal, located on the outer surface of the cervix. Although this is a normal finding in adolescent and young women, these cells are more susceptible to infection.
CC0 Public Domain Many young women and their doctors remain uncomfortable talking about sexually transmitted diseases, and these patients often underestimate their risk, according to a new report by a major health services provider. Poor patient-doctor communication and false beliefs about STD risks may be among the factors contributing to the nation's record high rates of STDs, says the study, released Monday by medical laboratory testing giant Quest Diagnostics. The Quest-commissioned national survey queried females ages 15 to 24, mothers of females in that age group, and physicians.