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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

November 11, 2009

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common infections in the United States, with more than 19 million Americans affected every year. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As parents and politicians have debated the merits of abstinence-only sex education programs and a controversial new vaccine for HPV, infection rates among youths have remained steady and high.

One in four teen girls now has an STD, putting them at risk for infertility and even cancer. Updated: March 2010.

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