Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are occurring in high number among teenagers. Parents need to know the signs and symptoms associated with these diseases, as well as how they are treated.
Human immunodeficiency virus is an infection that lasts a lifetime. However, symptoms may not appear for many months or years after the virus is acquired. In fact, the average incubation time from getting the virus until developing the signs of AIDS in teenagers and adults is 10 to 11 years. This means that many young adults may not be aware that they are infected and can spread HIV to others.