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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1071
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, syndication editor
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    Adolescent women underestimate their risk of STI

    Sexually active adolescent women in an area of Connecticut with high levels of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and teenage pregnancy rated on a scale of 0-3 their likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted infection during the subsequent year. Researchers collected information on their past history of sexually transmitted infections and current risk taking behaviour, such as having unprotected sex. Nearly nine out of 10 young women perceived little or no risk of infection, yet nearly three quarters reported a previous infection or current high risk sexual behaviour. Of the 209 participants 49 had a positive chlamydia or gonorrhoea test during follow up, of whom more than 80% perceived they were at little or no risk. The authors say that adolescent females need to be taught the knowledge and skills to recognise their susceptibility as a first step towards disease prevention.

    Sex Transm Infection …

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