The results of the first national study to measure the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) found in young women were released recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the report, 3.2 million teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19 were found to have the human papillovirus (HPV), chlamydia, genital herpes or trichomoniasis. The study did not determine the number of girls who had HIV/AIDS, syphilis or gonorrhea.
I don’t know what qualifies as an epidemic here, but clearly, these numbers represent a crisis of monstrous proportions. Responsible adults forming public should be figuring out how we can reverse the direction of these horrifying statistics. The wholesale distribution of condoms and consensual counseling at the high school level has not dampened the levels of risky behavior among the nation’s teens. Sex education has apparently been successful at teaching our children how to do it…often, and clearly, not safely.