Malaysia’s Education Minister, Fadhlina Sidek, revealed that 913 teenagers, some as young as 13, tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from 2018 to 2022. These STDs included syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, and HIV, as reported by the country’s Health Ministry.
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913 Teens and STD
In 2018, 255 cases were recorded among 13- to 17-year-old students, with 225 cases in 2019, 191 cases in 2020, 96 cases in 2021, and 146 cases in 2022. Additionally, around 3% of students who underwent urine tests in 2019 tested positive for drugs, with a declining trend in subsequent years, including a rate of 0.64% as of September 2022.