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United States Has Highest STD Rate

The United States has the highest STD rate of any industrialized country, according to the CDC and WHO. Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25, perhaps because they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it. According to reports, 9 million new cases of STDs among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 were reported in 2000. 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.

Yahoo! News February 24, 2004

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