On June 12, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which monitors six types of health-risk behaviors, including sexual behaviors that contribute to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. This release reported that condom use has declined in 2013 and even more troubling, that in just 10 years, condom use among youth has decreased from 63 percent to just 59 percent in 2013.In addition to condom use decreasing in 2013, the number of youth reporting learning about HIV/AIDS in schools made little progress from its low of 84 percent last year. In addition, STD surveillance data released earlier this year shows that both the case and rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea continue to be highest in people 24 and younger. Almost 60 percent of reported cases of gonorrhea occur in this population. A shocking 70 percent of cases of chlamydia are in young people below the age of 25. These diseases have long-term health consequences, particularly for young women—it is estimated that undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year.
The full 2013 YRBS data can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6304.pdf.