The Center For Disease Control And Prevention Essay

1233 Words Sep 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In 2013 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that half of all new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were among youth ages 15 to 24. According to the CDC, “1 in 4 sexually active adolescent females have an STD.” HIV rates among adolescents have decreased over the years, but males ages 13 to 19 still account for approximately 80% of new HIV cases in 2010. Even though cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea have also decreased, these two STDs are still the highest among adolescents. The CDC discovered through a 2013 survey, that 47% of high school students in the United Sates (U.S.) had sexual intercourse at least once, 34% were currently sexually active, 15% already had 2 or more sexual partners, and only 13% of high school students had been tested for HIV ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).
African Americans and minority adolescents are at greater risk for STD’s than any other racial groups. In 2008 the CDC reported that Chlamydia rates among black adolescent females were 7 times higher than their white counter parts. Black adolescent males were 8 times higher than white male adolescents for contracting chlamydia. Gonorrhea rates were similar among black adolescent females but much more severe among black adolescent males. The gonorrhea rate for young black men in 2008 was 625 per 100,000 population compared to 110.2 among American Indians/Alaskan Natives, 66.8 among Latinos/Hispanics, and 31 among whites (Center for Disease Control and…

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