CDC’s report on teen girls with STDs considered with No. 2 song on iTunes

Google News headline, March 11, 2008: ‘Quarter of U.S. teen girls have sex-related disease;’ main link goes to a Reuters article

No. 2 song on iTunes, March 11, 2008: “Love in this Club” by Usher, featuring Young Jeezy; excerpts from lyrics available on several Web sites

26 percent of U.S. girls, ages 14-19, are infected with at least one sexually related disease, the Centers for Disease Control reported today

I wanna make love in this club, in this club, in this club

20 percent of white teen girls have a sex-related disease

On the couch, on the table, on the bar, on the floor

48 percent of black teen girls have a sex-related disease

Let’s both get undressed right here

20 percent of Hispanic teen girls have a sex-related disease

Imma give it to ya non-stop

“This means far too many young women are at risk for the serious health effects of untreated STDs, including infertility and cervical cancer,” said the CDC’s Dr. Sara Forhan.

-Colin Foote Burch

(Read the CNN version of the story here.)

Recommended reading: Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination

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3 responses to “CDC’s report on teen girls with STDs considered with No. 2 song on iTunes

  1. In spite of the dubious practices used to collect STD data among poor populations a study of 800+ girls is taken to represent all black girls in the US. The only effect of the teen STD article will be to have more racists say “Oh those diseased black teen girls.” and have no positive effect at all on teen sexual behavior or any diseases they MAY have.

    I am a database developer and have worked on many projects including the human studies database at Fort Detrick in Maryland and I am very aware of the unreliable nature of medical research statistics.

    I am also disturbed by the way the US media seems to want to vilify blacks. Why? Blacks have cancer, Blacks have AIDS, Blacks are poor, Blacks are criminals etc. These stories have one point: to make anyone who sees a black person judge him/her as bad and a white person as good before gathering any data. It has affected my experience in the US negatively and these types of stories are sometimes wrong (subprime loans for example), always one-sided and definitely useless. Unless you consider causing more discrimination against innocent blacks and causing blacks (like me) to start to hate whites “useful.”

    In Maryland, most of the STD data is gotten by testing poor women at free clinics. I know this because I have friends and relatives who are medical researchers, social workers or work in public health, which is BIG business in our major city. In some cases, data is obtained with a promise of treatment for the disease and/or cash payments. The government has dissuaded research firms from using coercive methods like the two I just mentioned, but researchers still use them and then publish skewed results of non-representative populations in an effort to continue the flow of grant money.

    Most normal women (and I consider myself to be one, although according to the news I am an thieving, illiterate disease-riddled drug addict who caused the subprime mortgage crisis) go to private doctors for their gynecological concerns, and many private doctors do not provide sexual data on their patients to the government. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises their researchers as much in this article from their website:

    (begin quote from http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats04/interpret.htm)

    Although most areas generally adhere to the case definitions for STDs found in Case Definitions for Infectious Conditions under Public Health Surveillance,1 there may be differences in the policies and systems for collecting surveillance data. Thus, comparisons of case numbers and rates between jurisdictions should be interpreted with caution. However, since case definitions and surveillance activities within a given area remain relatively stable, trends should be minimally affected by these differences. In many areas, the reporting from publicly supported institutions (e.g., STD clinics) has been more complete than from other sources (e.g., private practitioners). Thus, trends may not be representative of all segments of the population.
    (end quote)

    There has also been a push to associate diseases such as AIDS with black populations in the US and Africa with statistics such as “country with the highest prevalence” etc. bandied about.

    This is in spite of the fact that many eastern European countries refuse to participate in studies for the disease and will not provide accurate numbers of infected persons.

    Even with out the prevalence of white women in the omnipresent pornography on the internet and elsewhere who have sex without protection, or the numbers of white prostitutes roaming the country, I find this article hard to believe. Unfortunately I know that many people will take it as gospel because even though data collection methods are dubious, and the population is small and targeted, they WANT to believe the worst of black people.

    For any black women or girls who have read this article, I know you feel as I do–hurt, annoyed, disbelieving. Black girls do not have more sex, more teen pregnancies or more STD’s than any other population.

    Sexual transmitted diseases are a worldwide problem and exist because God made people, sex and microscopic organisms. Continue to be strong, intelligent and protect yourself from not only diseases, but this diseased and evil society that is the hurtful and painful place to live–America.

    Know that God loves you and your other black sisters support you. Personally, if I read another article like this I will puke, or go on a killing rampage or something. . . but I digress.

    The author who was cowardly enough to not print his/her name should be hanged for writing an article branding millions of black women based on a dubious study done by a medical doctor (not a statistician or sociologist, I might add) of 800 girls. What a joke.

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  2. gangstalking

    New study by the CDC saying 1 in 4 girls in America between the age of 14-19 has an STD.

    I found another article that says that this means that just over 3 million girls have an STD. Meaning that this survey of 838 girls was suppose to represent 12 million girls. Before running off and giving your girls a shot of the Merrick vaccine, here are some things to consider.

    The survey was conducted by the CDC. Centers for Disease Control.

    First do the figures sound exaggerated?

    Where did they find the girls? Where the girls compensated? If the girls were going for some kind of Birth Control or exam, then this means that they were already having sex, or thinking of it, and then are they an accurate sampling of teenage American girls?

    [quote]
    Researchers analysed data from a nationally representative sample of 838 US girls aged 14 to 19.
    [/quote]

    So 838 girls of unknown racial, religious, socio-economic, educational, backgrounds are suppose to represent 12 million American girls ages 14-19. Why am I not convinced?
    [quote]It found that nearly half of the African-American girls surveyed had at least one STD, while the rate was 20% among white and Mexican-American teenagers. [/quote]

    It says that half of the African-American girls surveyed had at least one STD. This tell me nothing. How many African American girls were surveyed? 10 800? If your sample is too high or too low a percentage of one group, you will get figures that are inaccurate either way. Eg. If they interviewed just 10 African American girls and 5 had an STD then the figures would be correct for the survey, but generally wrong for the larger American population.

    Also in America if you are bi-racial and have 1 drop of black blood, in many cases you are still required to consider yourself as African-American. Don’t tell me that did not throw off the figures.

    Great so a survey that is suppose to represent 12 million American girls only surveyed African-American girls, white girls, and not even Latina girls, but only Mexican-American girls.

    So what happened to Asian girls, Latina girls that are not Mexican-American, South East Asian Indian, Native American, etc. We are suppose to use this sampling to represent all American girls, but not all American girls were sampled?
    [quote]Human papillomavirus, or HPV, affected 18% of the girls surveyed, chlamydia 4%, trichomoniasis 2.5%, and herpes simplex virus 2%.
    [/quote]

    So if we took out HPV, which I do believe is what is at the heart of this survey and the Merrick agenda to have all girls vaccinated with their STD vaccine, then we have 8.5% with an STD.
    [quote]he CDC is recommending annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under 25, and HPV vaccines for girls aged 11 to 12, followed by booster injections. [/quote]

    I think this is what is at the heart of this survey, and I really think it’s a shame that it seems that the CDC is going to be used to push this Merrick agenda on young girls, but also on some populations more than others, as usual. The drug also may not be fully safe according to the aritcle below.

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54713
    If the CDC can provide the correct demographics that they used, socio-ecomocic status, religious, etc, that would be a good start. Was there compensation involved?
    Without these facts and figures can we truly believe that this was an accurate sampling, and that these figures are truly representative of all American girls between the ages of 14-19?

    I think not considering a large demographic of the population seems to have been excluded. Asian, East Asian, Native American, Latina of a none Mexican origin, Middle Eastern etc.

    I would love to see this survey done again with a larger sampling, and a using demographics that match the demographics of the American population. Again if we are only using kids that are having sex, or thinking about having sex again what kind of accurate figures will this produce?

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  3. Rickey Pack

    Thank you both for illuminating problems with this study.

    Juanita, I especially thank you for putting words to thoughts I had.

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