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CDC report shows declining sexual activity among US teenagers.

The recently released report of the CDC; Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use and Childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth has once again highlighted a sustained reduction in sexual activity in our teenagers and adolescents. The … Read the rest

Increasing numbers of infected adolescent girls may be asymptomatic for gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea infects more than 700,000 individuals in the United States each year and has the potential risk for severe complications, such as infertility and pelvic inflammation. However, very little is known about the natural history of the infection.1 Additionally, … Read the rest

Contribution of Viral and Bacterial STIs to HIV Acquisition

Observational studies along with longitudinal data have suggested that other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increase the susceptibility to and infectiousness of HIV.1-4 Although many STIs appear to be associated with HIV, additional studies are essential to understand the relative … Read the rest

Condoms and Contraceptives: Are they effective?

Contraceptives have been touted as the optimal protection against unintended pregnancies. Some methods of contraception, especially barrier methods such as the male condom, have also been promoted as a protective device against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Unfortunately, because contraceptives (hormonal … Read the rest

Human Papillomavirus infection-linked Cancers in Men

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) – about 6.2 million people are infected every year in the United States. And since HPV infection often shows no symptoms, these infections are not caught in many … Read the rest

Oral Sex Linked To Throat Cancer

Recent research indicates that human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted through oral sex can cause many oral cancers.1-3 There has been a serious upsurge in the incidence of oral cancers in the United States. Oral cancer cases have risen rapidly in … Read the rest

The Relationship between Cultural Values and Sexual Behaviors in Latino Youth

A recent study emphasizes the need for confronting unhealthy sexual behavior in a culturally appropriate manner. Latino youth, for example, are disproportionately affected by consequences of risky sexual behaviors such as HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as compared to … Read the rest

STI Testing and Counseling can Reduce Risky Behaviors

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect millions of Americans every year; and minority youth are disproportionately affected. African Americans have higher rates of STIs, including HIV, compared to other races in the United States. Due to the asymptomatic nature of most … Read the rest

Building Family Connections shows positive results for parent-child communication on sexual health

Sexually active adolescents are at immediate risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and pregnancy. There are an estimated 19 million new cases of STIs every year; half of these affect 15- to 24-year-olds.1 About 25% of all … Read the rest

Importance of Peer Influences on Preteens

Teen sexual behaviors are concerning because of their impact on lifelong sexual health. For example, youth who initiate sex at an earlier age have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases.1 Previous research shows that peer influence affects sexual behaviors … Read the rest

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