I have not had a chance to review the original paper, but this news headline from the 11th of March caught my attention and I thought it deserved a blog entry here at Mormon Matters. Though the sample size is medium, the findings show how rife STD’s are in US society. The sample was nationally respresentative so I presume the authors removed any bias for location. Amongst 14 to 19 year olds, 50% of African American-Girls that were surveyed had an STD whilst 1 in 5 Caucasian and Hispanic girls had at least one STD.
Perhaps I am showing my naivety, but I was rather schocked at how high the figures are. Something needs to be done to bring these figures down as it does not seem that current methods of containing sexual disease are working. I would be in favour of sociological, educational and medical advancements.
As a medical student, and in terms of sexual behaviour, patient discernment is of utmost importance. However, for teenagers the tempting glorification of sex through cultural mediums such as music, movies and tv does not give the harsh reality of the prevelance of sexually transmitted diseases that teenagers face.
And for pragmatisms sake, I hope this new study will provide some evidence in favour of sexual discretion within society though I think it will just go by overlooked as headlines of Britney Spears going into psychological meltdown after flashing her “ladies bits” upon getting out of another expensive car are projected into the headlines.