Video: What you need to know about STDs


One in four teenage girls and an equally alarming number of teen guys are infected with an STD this very second — and many of them don’t even know it.

That’s because most STDs are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t cause any symptoms.

That’s why it’s important to get tested. Luckily, teens can get tested at many of Pennsylvania’s reproductive health centers for free. Testing for teens can be confidential, too, so you don’t have to worry about anyone finding out.

Read: The most common STDs

Read: Should I get tested?

Quiz: What STD are you?

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  1. Shankar

    Hi Jen,I think you have missed an oboiuvs reason why teens have sex: they are taught to by the media. This is an important issue and should be considered with clarity and boldness if we are really concerned about the welfare of children.Children (and adults) are taught by the media that sex without responsibility is highly desirable and free of consequences. If anything it leads to exciting, glamorous, happy endings and the norm for the cool people. Consider Disney movies like Aladdin, the Lion King, or Pocahontas. (I have a couple of autistic children so we see a lot of Disney.) The cool and beautiful protagonists, after a startling brief introduction inevitably find themselves kissing or almost kissing in some dark, secluded place. Walt is long gone and Jiminey Cricket never appears with observations such as, This is wrong and will have severe consequences on your future earning potential, your future mental and emotional health, or more importantly, the strength and happiness of your relationships with spouse and children. Excellent traditional family units don’t exist in the media. Generally a single parent exists, hapless, hopeless, more often than not needing to be saved by their more intelligent child as opposed to teaching their children about the realities of emotional and physical intimacy. (How cool would that be?) Children are given the classic head fake: ostensibly they are having a good time watching cartoons but in reality they are being taught something profound without realizing that that they are the target of indoctrination of the worst sort.Why this is happening?1. Money. As C.S. Lewis recognized, a person with an obsession has very little resistance to sales and marketing. Example: cigarette manufacturers recognized the immense popularity of fighter pilots during World War 2. They gave out free smokes in a calculating manner and received a great deal of nearly free and powerful advertising in the form of fighter pilot aces on film looking cool and smoking. In retrospect we can see the oboiuvs deception: associating tobacco with power and heroes. Sex is another primary motivator and is being sold in a similar way. There are lots of powerful and promiscuous James Bonds and few virtuous and brave George Washington role models. There is a lot of money to be made on Bond, or Elvis, or [take your pick]. There isn’t much money to be made on leaders that ask that we stand a little taller and have demonstrated it in their own lives.2. Lack of courage. There seems to be a general fear of speaking out or doing anything that might offend anyone. Once that kind of moral fortitude was considered a high virtue. America had men and women willing to stand up against evils like slavery even at the cost of being ostracized by their families and suffering hardships and perhaps even death. Now there seems to be undue attention given to political correctness: that no one should say anything that could possibly offend anyone.3. Promiscuity and out-of-wedlock pregnancy have gained a defacto legitimacy. A child born to a mother 32 or younger has less than a 50% chance of being born in wedlock to his or her biological mom and dad. It’s become a norm of our society.Of the most sobering experiences that I have had in the last few years is meeting kids having kids, sometimes hearing my mom had me when she was 13 (or 14). These aren’t stupid or bad kids, but there is a momentum in their lives: the tendency to live out the script that has been modelled for them. And that script has a profound generational impact. A good read that looks at some of the consequences is The Family: America’s Smallest Classroom’. It’s rather sobering.