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CDC: 3.2 Million Teen Girls Have an STD

CDC: 3.2 Million Teen Girls Have an STD

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Here's the headline that greeted me on the front page of the New York Times this morning: "Sex Infections Found in Quarter of Teenage Girls." As a future father, the news was a bit of a shot in the gut. But, while the numbers seemed high to me, apparently they're right in line with historical patterns. On its website, the Wall Street Journal says, "Teen STD Rates Cause for Concern, Not Panic." So many news sources today reported this story differently, and with varying degrees of concern, that there must be questions about what this report means, what's being done to prevent STDs in teens, and what parents and teens can do. NPR's Brenda Wilson covered this story yesterday, and will explain what it really means; and we have an M.D. to explain what is and isn't new in these numbers, and to take your questions about teens and STDs. Parents, teachers, teens... What questions do you have?

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