Young Adults With STDs Swear Abstinence, Study Says

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Did I use a condom? I don't know how I got that STD, Doc. I don't even have sex. Credit: Getty


"Nope." "No." "Never."

Young adults being treated for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are swearing to their docs that they're clueless as to what could have caused their outbreaks.

New research suggests lab results speak more powerfully about what's really going on behind the scenes in the sex lives of young adults who report abstinence but are being treated for sexual diseases, the Washington Post reports.

The researchers, in a study published in the journal of Pediatrics, say the discrepancies between STD positivity and self-reported sexual behavior point to the increased need for screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis to reduce the potential of STD morbidity among young adults.

Of 14,000 young people studied (with a mean age of about 22 years), researchers say 10 percent reported they had never had sex in the previous 12 months, according to Pediatrics.

And 60 percent of that 10 percent said they'd never had sex at all.

But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth, 40 percent of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 have had sex at least once.

Across the country, some health officials have called for mandatory STD screenings. Last March, the health department in New London, Conn., called for STD screenings for teenagers from eighth grade through 12th grade in schools in New London and Groton, according to the local news station WFSB.

Officials there claimed there was an epidemic of STDs infecting Connecticut teenagers, particularly girls, the local TV station reported.

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