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Philadelphia Students to Get Free Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

December 5, 2002

Philadelphia's public high school students will be offered free STD screenings and treatment after tests showed girls at two schools were twice as likely as other teens in the city to have chlamydia. The voluntary, confidential testing is part of a citywide Health Department plan to cut the rate of STDs in teens. The more than 50,000 students who attend Philadelphia's 40 public high schools will be offered tests beginning in December. The school district will notify parents about the project by mail, but state law allows for confidential STD testing and treatment for minors.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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