Forwarded message from "G.Subramaniam" <[email protected]> [ From: "G.Subramaniam" <[email protected]> [ Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 18:02:20 -0500 U.S. National - Reuters By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:53 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of all young Americans will perhaps because they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it, according to several reports issued on Tuesday. health groups, said there were 9 million new cases of STD among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 in 2000. They said the U.S. government's policy of preferring abstinence-only education would only increase those rates. "For the 27 million young Americans under the age of 25 only about abstinence," James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, said in a statement. "Given the prevalence of STDs, young people need all the facts -- including medically accurate information on condoms." The reports, released jointly by Advocates for Youth -- a together information from several different publications. They include a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) report in the latest issue of the and a University of North Carolina report based on interviews with teens and young adults. "Approximately 18.9 million new cases of STD occurred in 2000, of which 9.1 million (48 percent) were among persons aged 15 to 24," the CDC report reads. It said three diseases -- human papillomavirus or genital wart virus, a parasitic infection called trichomoniasis and chlamydia -- accounted for 88 percent of all new cases of STDs in 15- to 24-year- olds. Wart virus is the major cause of cervical cancer while chlamydia can cause infertility. POTENTIAL CAUSES The CDC report did not comment on potential causes, but the Guttmacher Institute did. "It is not surprising that teens and young adults contract a disproportionate number of infections," said active, and many are ill equipped to prevent STDs or seek testing and treatment." condoms is vital to preventing STDs. to prevent STDs, some adolescents and virtually all young teaches them how to prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies. It is essential to have medically accurate information about condoms and other contraceptive methods, and guidance on how to access appropriate prevention, testing and treatment services." rates of any age group in the country, and the United States has the highest STD rate of any industrialized country, according to CDC and World Health Organization (news - web sites) figures. The University of North Carolina report attacked federal policies that encourage abstinence-only education. "Abstinence is, of course, the only 100 percent effective prevention strategy," Shawn Carney, a 17-year- old member of the UNC youth panel, said in a statement. age of 18, we need to hear about more than abstinence. We later in life." http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=4428155 End of forwarded message from "G.Subramaniam" <[email protected]> Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 4 Phalgun 5104, Tuesday, February 24, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Kumbh Mase Shukl Pakshe Mangal Vasara Yuktayam Ashvini Nakshatr Shukl-Brahm Yog Bav-Balav Karan Panchami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.