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Will cutting back on teen Pap tests result in more STDs?

In this article, new guidelines say that teen girls can skip pap tests and that screening for cervical cancer should start at the age of 21. Experts are worried that the rate of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases will increase. “One in four U.S. teenage girls has had an STD at some point in her life, often soon after she becomes sexually active, according to research published this week in Pediatrics”. If teens dont have to get Pap tests they might feel like nothing can happen to them. Teens who are sexually active should be tested for STD’s and have Pap tests done regularly or even more frequently if they have multiple partners.

Most teens will be legally considered adults and dont have to do anything that they dont want to. You have the right to do what you want with your own body. Trying to force teens to have these tests done raises ethical issues. Also saying that they dont have to do it until their 21 could seem like they dont ever have to do them. Any comments?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/29/pap.test.teens.std/index.html

AB

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