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    Post Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    Pushkin: What else is new?

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    Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds
    Tue Apr 6, 1:03 PM ET Add Health - Reuters to My Yahoo!


    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans may say they know a lot about sexually transmitted diseases but they do not practice what they preach when it comes to defending against them, according to a survey published on Tuesday.


    While one in four Americans will be infected with an STD -- and up to half of younger adults will be -- most of those surveyed believed they were not personally at risk.


    This is precisely why STDs spread so easily and so pervasively in society, said the American Social Health Association, which published the survey.


    "The findings in our survey are quite disturbing. Despite the fact that STDs are extremely widespread and have severe consequences, it is troubling that there is such a large portion of people who still feel invincible," said Dr. James Allen, president and chief executive officer of the ASHA.


    "In addition, people's lack of awareness about the various STDs only underscores the need for continued education to prevent the spread of these serious diseases," Allen added in a statement.


    STDs cause a range of long-term problems. Human wart virus or HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer, while bacterial infections such as gonorrhea or chlamydia can cause infertility in women.


    They often have no symptoms and people are often unaware they are infected.


    The non-profit group, which promotes awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, published a poll of 1,155 adults aged 18 to 35 interviewed by Harris Interactive. It had a margin of error of plus or minus three points.


    Despite not knowing whether their partner had been tested, 93 percent said they were sure their partner did not have an STD, the survey found.


    Just over one-third of those surveyed felt "very knowledgeable" about STDs, compared to 22 percent who felt they knew a lot about diabetes, asthma or migraines.


    FEELING INVINCIBLE


    Sixty-three percent said they were well-informed about the risks associated with sex and 84 percent said they felt they took the right precautions.


    But 82 percent of those who said they were sexually active said they never used protection against STDs for oral sex, 64 percent never used protection for anal sex and 47 percent never used protection for vaginal sex.


    Even among single adults, 71 percent used no protection when having oral sex, 42 percent never protected against an STD when having anal sex and 23 percent always had unprotected vaginal sex.


    STDs including the AIDS (news - web sites) virus, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are transmitted orally, anally and vaginally. In the United States, heterosexual contact is the primary means by which HIV (news - web sites) is transmitted now.


    The survey also found Americans ignorant of the risks of hepatitis A, B and C, all of which can be transmitted sexually. he group said hepatitis A and B cause more than 170,000 infections each year in the United States alone, killing 5,000 people a year.


    "One in every four Americans will contract an STD sometime in their lifetime," the group said.





    In February, Advocates for Youth -- a nonprofit group advocating sex education -- and the sexual health-oriented Alan Guttmacher Institute published a report that said 27 million young Americans under the age of 25 were sexually active.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) says there were 18.9 million new cases of STDs in 2000, of which 9.1 million or 48 percent were among teens and adults aged 15 to 24. That means one-third of all sexually active young adults and teens contracted an STD in 2000 alone.

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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    I am sure such a romantic man like you isn't threatened Pushkin
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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by sciath
    I am sure such a romantic man like you isn't threatened Pushkin
    Probally not, since I have such high standards for women.

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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Pushkin
    Probally not, since I have such high standards for women.
    Beware ! The poet Charles Péguy wrote : "keeping its hands pure ends by losing its hands"
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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by sciath
    Beware ! The poet Charles Péguy wrote : "keeping its hands pure ends by losing its hands"
    And what does that mean exactly?

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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    I honestly can't believe its 25% That # seems a little too crazy. Could it be the numbers of STD infections is being put into the # of total citizens? So someone who picks up 3 STDs would be counted 3 times? Its too bad that the numbers are broken down by race.

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    Post Re: Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Finds

    It's mostly this free sex.

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