Teen Girls Beware

Chlamydia can rob you of the ability to ever have children-- and you won't even know you're sick

While Washington continues its obsession with Bill and Monica's dirty laundry this week, it's time for the rest of us to focus on a different kind of sex scandal. I'm talking about the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases--everything from genital herpes to HIV to human papillomavirus--that is ravaging the U.S. and has taken a particularly harsh toll on teenagers. Things have got so bad that researchers from Johns Hopkins University last week called for routine screening every six months of all sexually active teenage girls for infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, a germ that can inflict permanent infertility. First isolated from the...

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