The AP reported today on a study that revealed 1 in 4 US teens are infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts.
Some doctors said the numbers might be a reflection of both abstinence-only sex education and teens' own sense of invulnerabilty. Because some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility and cancer, U.S. health officials called for better screening, vaccination and prevention.
Among those who admitted having sex, the rate was even more disturbing — 40 percent had an STD.
"This is pretty shocking," said Dr. Elizabeth Alderman, an adolescent medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center's Children's Hospital in New York.
"To talk about abstinence is not a bad thing," but teen girls — and boys too — need to be informed about how to protect themselves if they do have sex, Alderman said.
I find it interesting that the assumption by "some doctors" is that abstinence education is the most likely cause of the high rate of STDs. It's like blaming the person yelling, "Run!" for the tidal wave that's crashing on shore.
When we look back on the 1950s and1960s, a time when shame was heaped on girls who went all the way--especially on the ones who got knocked up--there were relatively few girls who were sexually active. And even fewer still became diseased.
But the Sexual Revolution changed all that. Shame was thrown into the trash alongside saving oneself for marriage. Now "hooking up" and "friends with benefits" are becoming popular in high school and even middle school. Emotion-free sex is the order of the day for students who recognize they aren't old enough to get serious with anyone.
Naturally, though, the shameless sexual culture isn't the reason for the spread of sexual diseases. No, the medical establishment says that STDs are probably spread by the people telling students to wait. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.