Gellner: Teens and STDs, or STIs as they're now called, sexually transmitted infections, are they really something we need to worry about? More than you think. Announcer: Keep your kids healthy and happy. You are now entering the Healthy Kid Zone with Dr. Cindy Gellner on The Scope. Gellner: While adults tried to stress to teens the importance of abstinence, it's no surprise that in the throes of hormones teens do have sex, often unprotected, and that can lead to STIs.
CDC Fact Sheet: Information for Teens and Young Adults: Staying Healthy and Preventing STDs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Teenagers
Talking to your teen or pre-teen about sex can certainly be uncomfortable, but it can help them make smart decisions and protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections STIs, previously called Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Based on the national survey data almost half of all 9th to 12th graders have engaged in sexual intercourse at least once. Teens are particularly at risk for STIs because their feelings of invincibility make them prone to engage in unprotected sex. That is why almost 10, people between the age of 13 and 24 were diagnosed with HIV in Fifty percent of teens report feeling uncomfortable talking to their parents about sex.
STIs stands for sexually transmitted infections. They are passed from person to person through sexual contact or skin to skin contact. Someone can get an STI from having sexual contact or skin to skin contact with a person who is already infected with an STI. The only way a person knows for sure that they have an STI is if they go to the doctor or to a special STI clinic to get checked out. You cannot tell just by looking at someone if they have an STI.
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