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S.T.D.'s common in 25 percent of girls, young women

According to a national study of the four most common sexually transmitted diseases in girls and young women, one in four are infected with at least one of the diseases, said The New York Times on Monday.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that human papillomaviris (HVP) and chlamydia were the most common S.T.D.’s.

The study found that almost 50 percent of black girls ages 14 to 19 had chlamydia, genital herpes, HVP or trichomonaisis, a parasite. Twenty percent of white teenage girls had those S.T.D.’s.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said these results proved the importance of increasing screenings, vaccinations and other means of prevention, reported The New York Times.

According to The New York Times, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, said the study results showed the need for sex education.

“The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure,? Richards said, “and teenage girls are paying the real price.?

Planned Parenthood is a national reproductive healthcare provider and advocate for sex education and the individual’s right to make decisions about sex and family planning, said the organization’s Web site.

Dr. Sara Foran, lead author of the study, said that the “alarming? results show that nearly 3.2 million teenage girls are infected with the four most common S.T.D.’s.

“Far too many young women are at risk for the serious health effects of untreated S.T.D.’s, ? she said.

Dr. John M. Douglass of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention S.T.D. prevention division, said people must get tested. Treatment is often an option, which should be prescribed for the partner as well.

The Food and Drug Administration said that latex condoms are “highly effective? in preventing the most common S.T.D.’s and gonorrhea and hepatitis B, reported The New York Times.