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Teen Age Depression--the "Other" STD

Every day more than 27,000 youth in the U.S. become infected with a STD.

In the U.S. an estimated 20 million new infections of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) occur annually, half of which are shouldered by America's youth. The Centers for Disease Control acknowledge that abstinence is the surest way to prevent these diseases. Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, suggests teen depression is the "other" STD and urges parents to openly talk with their children about these issues.

PositiveTip: Parents, do not gloss over the dangers of teenage sex. Encourage abstinence instead.