sexually transmitted diseases
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all boys between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the three-dose vaccine for the human papillomavirus or hpv.
Nationally – 80 percent of boys are using a condom the first time they have sex – but in Philadelphia – a study released earlier this year finds the percentage is closer to 60 percent.
“We have not seen any data that can support or deny claims that rates of STDs have increased in communities where there is an influx of workers associated with Marcellus Shale drilling,” says the director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.
STD’s are on the rise, especially in an unsuspected group of people. The federal government is so concerned about the rise in STD cases in the baby boomer generation that Medicare may soon start covering STD testing.
World wide, more than 530 million people have the herpes virus and according to a new report people who harbor the virus can be shedding it as much as 10 percent of the time, not even knowing they have it.