A new study by the researchers at the Temple University in Philadelphia has found that teenagers arrested for juvenile offenses have a high rate of sexually transmitted diseases. The study advocates screening as soon as these teens are arrested so that the disease can be detected and treated early.
The study involved 900 juvenile offenders who agreed to be tested by the researchers. It was started to test pilot program set up in Hillsborough Country, Florida.
Researchers found 13 percent if the teens had gonorrhea, chlamydia or both. The findings indicate that "a voluntary STD screening protocol is feasible for arrested youth entering the juvenile justice system, and these offenders are at high risk for STDs," the researchers write.
The details appear in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.