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One in 4 Teen Girls Has a Sexually Transmitted Disease
Date:3/11/2008

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Race itself is not a risk factor for STDs, Forhan said. However, factors such as limited access to health care, poverty, community prevalence of STDs, and misperceptions about individual risk are some of the reasons that STD rates are particularly high among African-Americans, she said.

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For more on STDs, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: March 11, 2008, teleconference with Sara Forhan, M.D., Division of STD Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Elizabeth Alderman, M.D., adolescent medicine specialist, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, New York City, and chairwoman, Executive Committee of the Section of Adolescent Health, American Academy of Pediatrics; 2008 National STD Prevention Conference, Chicago


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