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26% of Teenage Girls Have an STD

If your teenage daughter does not have one, she most likely knows someone who does.  Startling new research finds a quarter of teenage girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease.

The "it will not happen to me" mentality is one of several reasons given for almost three million girls, ages 14 to 19, having an STD.

HPV is the most common, although in the Panhandle, Chlamydia is what is most common.

Planned Parenthood says those two infections and many others do not have immediate symptoms so kids do not think anything is wrong.

It also says more information is needed in schools, so parents should take the initiative and talk with their kids about those issues.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual STD screening for all girls under the age of 25 and for the HPV vaccine.

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