At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually
transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study
of its kind in this age group.
A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually
transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall
prevalence is among black girls — nearly half
the blacks studied had at least one STD.
Of the rates of diagnoses for
adults and adolescents in all racial and ethnic groups in 2005, the highest rate
was for blacks, with 68.7 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Hispanics, with
24 cases per 100,000 people, according to the national Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Nationwide, Hispanics made up 16 percent of all HIV/AIDS cases in 2005,
while they were 13 percent of the population, the CDC fact sheet on HIV/AIDS
among Hispanics stated.
this population is less likely to be tested, and if positive, less
likely to seek treatment,” (Tom Rucci, AIDS outreach coordinator with the
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department) said.
At the national level in 2005 Hispanics accounted
for 19 percent of the 40,608 new
diagnoses, Mr. Rucci said.
A black after hard labour through the day, will be induced by the
slightest amusements to sit up till midnight, or later, though knowing he must
be out with the first dawn of the morning. They are at least as brave, and more
adventuresome. But this may perhaps proceed from a
want of forethought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be
present. When present, they do not go through it with more
coolness or steadiness than the whites. They are more ardent after their female: but love seems with them to be more an eager
desire, than a tender delicate
mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient.
Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given
life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate
more of sensation than reflection.