Local families in Kern County are being urged to talk with each other about sex and the vast consequences it entails.
County Public Health launched a campaign two years ago to battle the
rising rates of STDs – rates that appear to have hit California the
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.
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.
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.