June 1, 2005
Minority Adolescent Women Benefit from Better Screening
June 1, 2005 - Minority adolescent women have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases which places them at higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and HIV/STD, a recent study shows.
According to research led by Jane Dimmitt Champion, Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, these adolescents reported a history of sexual and physical abuse, and many barriers to health care. This places abused minority adolescents with STD at even higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and HIV/STD. Adverse long term effects of pelvic inflammatory disease include chronic pain and infertility requiring long term medical care.
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