As someone employed by the Minnesota AIDS Project it has definitely been a great resource for news and the personals have really helped me feel less alone.As I know it has for many diagnosed with HIV."—Joshua "I recently joined the site to simply peruse the personals in search of other poz men.Among sexually active students in grades 9-12 in 2001, 58% reported using a condom the last time they had intercourse.(3) This percentage is two to three times higher than those reported in the 1970s before AIDS became a public issue.(5) This increase over time suggests that the emergence of AIDS and public campaigns to prevent AIDS through increased condom use have actually increased condom use.
In addition, about 25% of all young people are infected by any STD by age 21.(9) Approximately a quarter of all reported cases of STDs occur among teenagers.(10) Globally, over 100 million STDs occur each year in people who are younger than 25 years old.(11) Adolescents have the highest age-specific rates for some STDs.(12) For example, teenagers have the highest rates of chlamydia.(13) Among sexually active 15- to 19-year-old females in the United States, rates of chlamydia infection are consistently higher than 5% and are often above 10%.(10) As a result, 40% of all reported chlamydia cases are among 15- to 19-year-old youth.
Similarly, female teenagers have the highest age-specific rate of gonorrhea, whereas male teenagers have the third highest rate.(13) Globally, an estimated 11.8 million young people aged 15-24 were living with HIV by mid-2002.
This chapter presents data on adolescent sexual risk-taking behavior, reviews the studies measuring the impact of adolescent prevention programs, and identifies common characteristics of programs that have been effective in reducing sexual risk-taking behavior.
It recommends a) that these effective school and community programs be implemented more broadly, b) that promising clinic programs and comprehensive community-wide campaigns be replicated and evaluated, and c) that additional programs focusing on high-risk youth be implemented and evaluated.
Among sexually experienced people, adolescents aged 15 to 19 years have some of the highest reported rates of STDs.
In addition, particular groups of adolescents (eg, males who have sex with males, injection drug users, and teens who have sex for drugs) engage in even greater risk-taking behavior.
In many countries throughout the world, sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancy have always occurred among adolescents.
However, during the last century, and especially during the last few decades of that century, the onset of puberty and initiation of sexual intercourse occurred at decreasing ages in many industrialized countries, whereas the average age of marriage increased.
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