Kern County Officials Urge Parents To Talk To Kids About Sex

Kern County Officials Urge Parents To Talk To Kids About Sex

Local fam­i­lies in Kern Coun­ty are being urged to talk with each oth­er about sex and the vast con­se­quences it entails.

Kern Coun­ty Pub­lic Health launched a cam­paign two years ago to bat­tle the ris­ing rates of STDs – rates that appear to have hit Cal­i­for­nia the hardest.

Kern Coun­ty Pub­lic Health employ­ee Michelle Cor­son said there have been near­ly 10,000 new STD cas­es diag­nosed just this year. That equates to one STD every hour.

The cam­paign, which has three phas­es, had its final phase imple­ment­ed a few weeks ago. The phase is try­ing to inform young indi­vid­u­als who take part in risky behav­ior about the dan­gers. These behav­iors include hav­ing sex with­out using con­doms and hav­ing sex with more than one partner.

Cor­son said, despite the work, the real edu­ca­tion chil­dren get come from their par­ents at home. Accord­ing to var­i­ous stud­ies, chil­dren want to hear from their par­ents about sex. She said this is the sure­fire way to com­bat the prob­lem, but work must be done. Cor­son said par­ents hope­ful­ly will start talk­ing to their chil­dren and, with the campaign’s efforts, the num­ber of STD cas­es will begin to drop.


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