Navigation Links
Teens unaware of sexually transmitted diseases until they catch one, Carnegie Mellon study finds

Most sexually active teenage girls know relatively little about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) until it is too late, according to a paper by Carnegie Mellon University researchers that will be published in the January edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"For the most part kids learn about sexually transmitted diseases when they are getting diagnosed with them," said Julie Downs, lead author of the study and a member of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon.

The results came from a survey of 300 adolescent girls in the Pittsburgh area. The researchers gave the girls a test to gauge their knowledge of eight STDs: HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, genital warts, hepatitis B, trichomoniasis and syphilis. Girls who reported having been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease knew more about that particular disease than other girls, but did not know more about the other diseases. On average, with the exception of HIV/AIDS, the teens did not know many basic facts about STDs.

While it is important for teens to learn about HIV/AIDS, they are far more likely to contract other STDs, according to Downs. "Our schools have decided to focus on AIDS, and that has come at a cost. Teens just aren't being taught about these other diseases, and so they may come away with a false sense of confidence," she said.

The study's findings are troubling because teenagers who know little about STDs are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and to delay the treatment of STDs. And the consequences are severe. Genital herpes, for example, cannot be cured. Genital warts can render a woman more susceptible to cervical cancer, and chlamydia can lead to infertility.

A 2004 study, involving the same group of adolescent girls, found that those who viewed an interactive sex education DVD created by Carnegie Mellon researchers were more likely to become abstinent than girls who did not see the DV
'"/>

Source:Carnegie Mellon University


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Bone Density Recovers After Teens Stop Injected Contraceptive
2. Dogs keep dying: Many owners unaware of toxic dog food
3. In obesity, brain becomes unaware of fat
4. Female sex hormones play a vital role in defense against sexually transmitted diseases
5. High rates of sexually transmitted infections found in young drug users
6. 1/3 of sexually active older adults with HIV/AIDs has unprotected sex
7. Scientists sequence genome of parasite responsible for common sexually transmitted infection
8. Two new retroviruses—transmitted from animals—identified
9. New study: Sexually transmitted disease treatment can be effectively administered by sex partners
10. Blood transfusion-transmitted infections: A global perspective
11. Ecological destruction fuels emerging diseases
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/10/2014)... DIEGO , Dec. 9, 2014 CIE ... collaboration catalyst that provides the connective tissue that enhances ... enabling them to easily share client-level information; earned a ... to expand to organizations serving seniors aging in community ... Diego" partner on December 11 th 4-6p. ...
(Date:12/5/2014)... Dec. 4, 2014 Increased emphasis on ... in new testing and inspection technologies. The convergence ... to a range of innovative test solutions. This ... Generation Y, which is generally more inclined towards ... product development strategies of test equipment vendors will ...
(Date:12/3/2014)... IRVINE, Calif. , Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... of globally deployed, innovative test solutions for military, ... the newest version of its successful TS-900 ... the performance and features of high-end systems to ... with outstanding value compared to traditional ATE. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 3Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 4Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 2Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 3Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 4Marvin Test Solutions Brings New Capabilities to PXI-Based Semiconductor Test with TS-960 2Marvin Test Solutions Brings New Capabilities to PXI-Based Semiconductor Test with TS-960 3
... has pieced together how the hominid Australopithecus sediba ... million years ago. Their research, which appears in six papers ... also shows that Au. sediba had a notable ... and more flexible lower back. Together, the studies offer ...
... purposely set to burn crop residues and get the ... evidenced in this image from the MODIS instrument on ... these types of fires can be found at this ... was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) ...
... new treatment for alcoholism called nalmefene is effective and ... says a new study published this week in ... as the primary treatment goal for alcohol dependence, and ... relapse prevention. However, relapse rates remain high and a ...
Cached Biology News:New research reveals how human ancestor walked, chewed, and moved 2New research reveals how human ancestor walked, chewed, and moved 3A new treatment option for alcohol dependence: Reduced consumption rather than abstinence 2
(Date:12/19/2014)... -- Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: RLMD), a clinical-stage company ... announced the results of its annual general meeting of ... year in Relmada,s history and it set the stage ... Sergio Traversa , chief executive officer of Relmada. "Over ... human resource and clinical development objectives that position Relmada ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 17, 2014 Achim Noack has been ... Stoller Group. In this position, Noack will assist Jerry ... matters, develop marketing strategy and supervise global marketing management ... “Achim has tremendous knowledge and experience in the crop ... “His experience and innovative thinking will be a great ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Xeno Diagnostics has again received ... recent COLA inspection. Xeno has met all criteria ... accreditation organization. Accreditation is earned only by laboratories ... operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of ... survey. , While the Laboratory Excellence ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014  United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR ... as changes to Martine Rothblatt , Ph.D,s compensation ... United Therapeutics announced the promotion of Roger ... and David Zaccardelli , Pharm.D. to Executive Vice ... promotions, Dr. Rothblatt,s title will change from Chairman and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Relmada Therapeutics Announces Results of Annual Shareholders Meeting 2Achim Noack Joins Stoller Group as Global Vice President of Marketing and Administration 2Xeno Diagnostics Receives 3rd Award for Laboratory Excellence 2United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 2United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 3United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 4
... OLDSMAR, Fla., July 10 Cryo-Cell,International, Inc. (OTC ... largest and most established family cord blood banks, ... months ended May 31, 2008., Consolidated revenues ... relatively flat, as compared to approximately $4.5,million for ...
... Today,s Pharmaceutical Research,and Manufacturers of America ... practice,of providing non-educational materials to physicians ... of the physician/industry representative interaction,says Jim ... leading non-profit,organization dedicated to educating and ...
... Robust ... Pipeline -, ... and MacroChem Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board:,MACM) announced today that they had ... the issuance of 2.5,million shares of Access Pharmaceuticals, common stock. MacroChem,s ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cryo-Cell International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results 2Cryo-Cell International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results 3Cryo-Cell International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results 4Cryo-Cell International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results 5Cryo-Cell International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results 6CMR Institute: Education Key to Physician/Representative Relationship 2Access Pharmaceuticals Signs Merger Agreement to Acquire MacroChem Corp. 2Access Pharmaceuticals Signs Merger Agreement to Acquire MacroChem Corp. 3Access Pharmaceuticals Signs Merger Agreement to Acquire MacroChem Corp. 4
Immunogen: Peptide corresponding to amino acid residues from the N-terminal region of human thyroid hormone receptor, alpha1/alpha2-isotype. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Antibodies were affinity purified using epitopes specific to QKI immobilized on solid support....
Direct ELISA Assay Diluent, 10 L...
SpectroQuest single beam 1.8nm UV/Vis spectrophotometer; stand-alone unit...
Biology Products: