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April 25, 2011

Sexually transmitted diseases in teenagers are on the rise, according to Kids Count 2011, with 20 out of every 1,000 youths, or 2 percent, between the ages of 16 and 20 having been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis. The problem is particularly acute in females in that age group: 9,501 young women were diagnosed with those diseases in 2009, a jump of 18 percent since 2005. Among males in the same age group there were 2,427 diagnoses, an increase of 42 percent since 2005.

Kids Count calculated the rates using NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Data together with information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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