April 1, 2002
However, both sexes -- adults and teens -- usually did not tell past or casual sex partners about their STDs, reported Josiane Warszawski and L. Meyer of the French national research institute INSERM.
Researchers concluded that "procedures must urgently be developed to improve the notification of sexual partners, particularly female partners and adolescents." Females, they note, are particularly unlikely to get early STD testing without such notification -- in part because their STDs are more likely to have no symptoms or visible signs. Women are also at risk of long-term complications from untreated STDs, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and pregnancy complications related to chlamydia or gonorrhea. The study involved 177 adults and 45 adolescents who had been diagnosed with an STD.