This report suggests that we either have a major public health problem or a significant theological event:
More than 10 percent of teens who said they were abstinent also tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, says a study in Pediatrics released Monday — a figure public health advocates say justifies screening all teens for such diseases….
In Wave 3 of Add Health, about 14,000 youth agreed to provide a urine specimen to check for three STDs — gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis.
More than 11,000 of these youth said they had had sexual intercourse in the last 12 months, while the remaining 3,000 youth reported no sexual intercourse during that time.
The STD tests came back positive for 964 youth….
But 118 youth who denied having sexual intercourse also tested positive for an STD. In fact, 60 of these young people said they had never had sexual intercourse in their lives.
Seriously, two comments:
1) Teens need to have real sex education. They need to know that if you put that in there, even if you, for some reason, decide not to call it ‘sex’, you can still get sick.
2) Doctors can’t be complacent. Just because a teen tells you he or she isn’t sexually active, well, trust but verify.