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Some shocking stats on teens and sex

   The first time I read about the study that says one-quarter of America's teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease, I didn't believe it.

   It must be some fly-by-night non-scientific study that just surveyed girls going for birth control, I thought.

   But it was a study for the federal Centers For Disease Control, which says: "The authors analyzed data on 838 female adolescents (aged 14-19) who participated in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a continuous annual study that examines a nationally representative sample of the U.S. household population to assess a broad range of health issues."

   So then we thought we'd ask local health care providers. Is this study for real, do you see the same things? And they said they weren't surprised. It's a wake-up call for many parents across the region.

   --Barbara O'Brien


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