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Herpes is on the rise in New York city – one in four adults carries the disease.

And HIV is on the rise across the United States – though experts say that is due to better, more accurate counting rather than to any real increase in the disease.

On the plus side of the ledger, the World Health Organization has recognized that AIDS is unlikely to become an epidemic among heterosexual (straight) populations in the West. Not that folks can all go about being careless, but it is far less common than many feared it would be. The disease is epidemic among all groups in sub-Saharan Africa.

And, just in time for the pool party season, comes news that you can't catch AIDS from swimming pool water, even if people have been engaging in natatorial naughtiness.


Sexually Transmitted DiseasesCourtesy NLMAt least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens. These results were prepared for release today at a CDC conference in Chicago on preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
The study by CDC researcher Dr. Sara Forhan is an analysis of nationally representative data on 838 girls who participated in a government health survey. The percentage of teens testing positive for each of the four infections tested

  • human papillomavirus (HPV) - - 18%
  • chlamydia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4%
  • trichomoniasis - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.5%
  • herpes simplex virus - - - - - - - - - 2%

About half of the girls acknowledged ever having sex, where the rate was 40 percent . Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's division of STD prevention, said the data, from 2003-04, likely reflect current rates of infection.

Chlamydia and trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics. The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under age 25. It also recommends the three-dose HPV vaccine for girls aged 11-12 years, and catch-up shots for females aged 13 to 26. CDC

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Read more about STDs in American teensged girls at ABCnews.