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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Psychological Issues
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
The highest incidence of STDs occurs in sexually active teens. Biological reasons for this epidemic include an earlier age of menarche coupled with the relative lack of maturation of the lining tissues of the cervix during the first one to two years following menarche. This immaturity makes infection with Chlamydia and human papillomavirus (HPV) more likely. Behavioral issues associated with the high rate of STDs in teens include an earlier age of first intercourse and a false perception of invincibility ("It won't happen to me").
The attainment of puberty has been observed to coincide
with many profound psychological changes. It is important to realize that the
refinement of abstract thought (for example, ability to intellectually explore various
possible behaviors and anticipate realistic consequences) takes place in late
puberty and extends into young adulthood (18-25 years old). The incidence of
depression also rises during the teen
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