From: U.S. News & World Report
TUESDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) — More than 3 million teenaged girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease (STD), a new government study suggests.
The most severely affected are African-American teens. In fact, 48 percent of African-American teenaged girls have an STD, compared with 20 percent of white teenaged girls.
“What we found is alarming,” Dr. Sara Forhan, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a teleconference Tuesday. “One in four female adolescents in the U.S. has at least one of the four most common STDs that affects women.”
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the leading causes of death around the world are heart disease, cancer, HIV, and AIDS.
Many organizations are primarily concerned about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like HIV and AIDS, as the prevalence of these conditions are high in developing countries, and can even affect very young children.
About 5 million of the HIV/AIDS victims around the world have no access to medical facilities that may help alleviate their condition. Some of the other STD’s that are a cause for alarm are syphilis and gonorrhea.
Many more STD’s are present across many cultures today, some of them are treatable, while others are not.