More than 3 million teens have at least one STD says a new study, the first of its kind of this age group. 838 girls provided nationally representative data from 2003-04, analyzed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Sara Forhan.
The study found 1 in 4 teen girls to have an STD, and rates were highest in black girls at nearly 1 in 2. Teens were tested for herpes, which infected 2%; trichomoniasis, 2.5%; chlamydia, 4%; and HPV, 18% and potentially causing cervical cancer.
Dr. Margaret Blythe says this may seem, "overwhelming because you're talking about nearly half of the sexually experienced teens at any one time having evidence of an STD," but notes that it reflects what doctors who treat teens daily see.