National News Roundup
A new report by the Center for Population Options marshals statistics about teen-age sexual behavior and drug use to support its call for teaching adolescents how to reduce the risk of contracting aids.
Although adolescents now account for less than 1 percent of the reported cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, ac6cording to the report by the Washington-based organization, their behaviors may put them at increased risk for exposure to the aids virus.
The report notes, for example, that half of all high-school boys and one-third of their female classmates nationally are estimated to have had sexual intercourse and that one in seven teen-agers contracts a sexually transmitted disease each year.
Of those sexually active adolescents, it adds, only one-third regularly use condoms or other forms of contraception. Health experts say that condoms, if used properly, can help protect against exposure to the virus.
The report also estimates that 200,000 teen-agers have taken drugs intravenously--another activity that makes them vulnerable to aids infection.
The comprehensive, 35-page publication offers recommendations for the content and methods of aids education. Copies of the report, "aids and Adolescents: The Time for Prevention Is Now," are available for $10 each from the Center for Population Options, Publications Department, 1012 14th St., N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20005.
Vol. 07, Issue 11