The report, sponsored by the CDC and conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics took a national sample of 838 young women. The study did not include the STDs syphilis, HIV or gonorrhea. According to Dr. Stuart Berman, Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillances, STDs at the Centers for Disease Control, "Put in context, you take a sample, but a sample done in a smart way, so you can extrapolate the data. What this study says, is that this is a problem for the country. It's your kid, my kid, the neighbor across the street."
While I am not the parent of a teenager, I think that we all should be aware of what is happening in our communities, in this country, and for that matter, globally. It concerns me that we are not properly educating our youth and if this trend continues it could be very problematic in the future. Social and economic issues, such as access to health care, and low or no health insurance are major contributory factors to this crisis.