McDowell Mountain Gynecology News

Teens and Sexuality

Jill Antell, WHNP

Teens and STDs

THE FACTS:

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections every year, and about half of these occur in young people between the ages of 15 and 24.  Most sexually transmitted infections will not cause great harm; however, if left untreated, some will lead to serious conditions.  Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted infection, can lead to infertility in both men and women.  In Arizona, there were over 30,000 reported cases of Chlamydia in 2012.  It is recommended that all sexually active females 25 and younger have a yearly screening test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Approximately, 75 to 80 percent of sexually active people in the United States will have Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection, in their lifetime.  HPV usually resolves without serious consequences but in some cases could lead to genital warts, cervical cancer, or other cancers.

GOOD NEWS!

McDowell Mountain Gynecology offers yearly health screenings for sexually active women of ALL ages.  Yes that includes teens!  Even if a young person is not yet sexually active, we offer prevention services such as HPV vaccinations, prevention counseling for sexually transmitted infections, contraception counseling, and more.  We see NON- sexually active teens for issues such as irregular menstruation, painful periods, and birth control for the treatment of acne.  We are sensitive and supportive of the relationships that parents have with their daughters.  We encourage healthy communication between teens and their parents; we try to address health issues compassionately and professionally.  Call us today for an appointment!