so much information and treatment for STDs available, one would
assume that they’d be wiped out, but that doesn’t appear to be
fact, the number of STD cases has been on the rise. For some,
education and condoms aren’t the answer, as they’re more focused
on abstinence. While this may be the only way NOT to get an STD,
it’s not the realistic way to do it.
matter what parents or pastors have to say, teenagers are going to
have sex and with more than one person likely. And sometimes, a
person who only had one sexual experience could be diagnosed with an
to Cherokee County Health Department officials in Oklahoma, state
statistics show that there’s been a rise in the number of STDs –
on the 2016 information, there were 85 cases of hepatitis C, 264
cases of both primary and secondary syphilis, 7,574 cases of
gonorrhea and over 21,000 chlamydia cases. Still, the most serious
of all STDs is HPV or human papillomavirus. This STD can cause
genital warts and cervical and other kinds of cancer in women. Men
are also susceptible to the disease and could be diagnosed with
parents can protect their kids with HPV vaccine, but only if the
parents understand that their children will have sex at some point in
time. Parents who fail to provide their teenagers with information
about STDs actually encourage these kids to engage in sexual behavior
or give them permission to have sex.
lack of “care” can lead to a life-or-death situation. For
example, HIV/AIDS is still running rampant. While the infected have
better treatment options and can live a life close to normal, they
still are infected with the virus. In 2016, there were nearly 6,000
people in Oklahoma with the disease.
officials don’t like making judgments calls for the rise in STDs,
but rationale suggests a lack of information, tools and carelessness
as the mitigating factors. After all, many parents are opposed to
public schools offering sex education under the guise that parents
should be responsible for this. While there is truth behind that,
most parents are afraid to talk with their kids – fearing their
kids are already having sex.
the answer to the problem isn’t easy, it’s simple. Talking to
kids about sex and sex-related diseases is the surefire way to stem
the chances of them having unprotected sex. While encouraging them to
be abstinence is a good thing, it should never be the end all, be all
to sex education. It’s important teenagers are given the right
resources, so they are not faced with STDs or unwanted pregnancies.
And, teenagers should get their vaccinations!