Among sexually experienced people, adolescents aged 15 to 19 years have some of the highest reported rates of STDs.In addition, particular groups of adolescents (eg, males who have sex with males, injection drug users, and teens who have sex for drugs) engage in even greater risk-taking behavior.
Thus, many adolescents began having sexual intercourse with multiple sexual partners prior to marriage, and this, of course, facilitated STD and HIV transmission. in 2001, 46% reported ever having had sexual intercourse. high school seniors in 2001, about 22% had had sexual intercourse with four or more sexual partners.(3) The impact of having sex and especially of having multiple partners is somewhat diminished by the fact that most Americans, including adolescents, have sexual partners within social networks.
In many countries, a significant proportion of young people initiate sexual activity by age 15. About 61% reported having sex before they graduated from high school.(3) Although most teenagers practice serial monogamy and do not have sexual intercourse with more than one sexual partner during any given period of time, their numbers of sexual partners do add up over time. These networks are often defined by ethnicity, class, geographic location, and other socially defined norms.
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About half of all new HIV infections worldwide, or approximately 6,000 per day, occur among young people.(14) The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) established the goal of reducing HIV prevalence among young men and women aged 15 to 24 by 25% in the most affected countries by 2005, and by 25% globally by 2010.(15) Because many HIV-infected adolescents and young adults have not been tested for HIV and their HIV status is not known, and also because of the typically long latency period before development of clinical AIDS, many cases of HIV/AIDS that are identified among people in their 20s or even early 30s may have been acquired during their teen years or in their early 20s.
Despite the challenges of determining at what ages HIV infection occurs, the U. Office of National AIDS Policy has estimated that half of all new HIV infections occur in people under 25 and that half of these occur among young people between the ages of 13 and 21.
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