Are We Doing Enough? Obviously Not!
Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month is a campaign to encourage sexually active individuals to get tested and to know their status. It also spotlights the ever-increasing number of STD’s being reported among adolescents and young adults and the impact on our healthcare system.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2016, there was a significant increase in the number of STD’s reported across the board for 15 to 24-year olds. There were 1.59 million cases of Chlamydia, a 4.7% increase; 468,515 cases of Gonorrhea, an 18.5% increase; and most alarming was 27,814 Syphilis cases, a 17.6% increase.
Linda Obaseki, Health Educator for Pace Health Connection stated, “Education is key in disease prevention and that includes sexually transmitted infections. Without a concise and uniform approach to educating our adolescents and young adults the numbers will continue to rise”.
The Guttmacher Institute, a leading research authority on sexual and reproductive health recently published a study highlighting how varied sex education programs are in American public schools. There is no uniform or concise approach to educating our adolescents. Some states do not require or allow sex education in their schools and those that do allow it may have specific requirements or mandate specific topics be taught or stressed. In Indiana, there is no mandate for sex education; however, when it is provided it must stress abstinence and the importance of sex only within marriage. HIV education is required in Indiana public schools without stipulations on what must be included or excluded.
Community education is an important part of the services provided by Pace Health Connection. This service is available for schools, organizations, groups or individuals and is free of charge. Topics include Abstinence, Birth Control, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, for a complete list of topics or to schedule a program contact Linda Obaseki at (812) 254-6935.
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