A new study reports that about half of teenage girls living in cities are getting chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis — repeatedly — within two years of becoming sexually active. And let’s not fool ourselves that the country girls have better odds; they just haven’t been studied yet.

Of the study of 381 girls, aged 14 to 17 Health Day News reports:

"Depending on the organism, within four to six months after treatment of the previous infection, a quarter of the women were re-infected with the same organism," Wanzhu Tu, associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute, said in a university news release.

 

Subsequent sexually transmitted infections (not necessarily the same type) were diagnosed within two years after an initial sexually transmitted infection in about 75 percent of the girls, and within four years in 92 percent of the girls, according to the report in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Yes, if they get one they are going to get another. That's not surprising is it? These are children, young girls who need our help instead of our denial that they're having sex.

Talk About STDs Early

Researchers found that in many cases — and especially when they started very young — girls were not being screened for STDs until several years after becoming sexual active.

"This is important because many clinicians are reluctant to address sexual activity with younger teens, and may miss important prevention opportunities," study senior author Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in the news release.

They recommend getting girls tested for STDs within the first year of sexual active and repeating every three to four months. The trick, of course, is knowing when your child crosses the threshold into sexual activity.

What do you think of such early and frequent testing for STDs? Excessive? Uncomfortable? Get over it. She needs you; she deserves your guidance. Besides, knowing she’s getting a Chlamydia test along with her tetanus booster — with her mom and dad in the room — that might be something of a deterrent to having sex in the first place.

Okay, probably not, but a mother can hope.