Young people with sexually transmitted diseases can not admit they had sex

The study results indicate that relying solely on the young adult self-reported penis / vagina sexual activity as a marker of risk for acquiring sexually transmitted diseases may be inaccurate and, furthermore, could be problematic, the researchers write.Over 10 percent of young people are found to have at least one STD reported no penile / vaginal sexual intercourse in the last 12 months. This suggests that systematic screening of sexually transmitted diseases may be a better way to reduce the transmission of the disease. Young people can not tell the whole truth about sexual

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The study is reported in the January 3, 2011, issue of Pediatrics. Self-reported sex in the previous year was significantly associated with testing positive for an STD. However, over 10 percent of those tested positive reported being abstinent in the previous year.

About 6 percent of those who tested positive for at least one sexually transmitted disease reported no sexual history of the penis / vagina. Self-reported sexual activity is not reliable

They argue that future research should try to find ways to reduce conflicting reports by young people about their sexual activity.

In particular, our results reveal that if pediatricians and specialists in adolescent medicine are not testing all young people, it is likely that a significant number of STD cases that are missed undiagnosed, untreated, and distribute their future sexual partners, write researchers.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta examined data on 14,012 young adults between 20/1, who completed a computer assisted interview survey and provided a urine sample for detection of three municipalities:,, and.