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April is STD Awareness Month
Springtime is here, and that means high school and college students are gearing up for a summer full of fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, this is when many young people run into trouble, as warm weather partying sometimes leads to unprotected sex, which may mean an uptick in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
As such, April is STD Awareness Month, a time when parents, healthcare providers and educators can focus on teaching their kids and young adults the basics of safer sex.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), research has shown that young adults prefer to receive sexual health information from doctors who initiate conversation, as well as those who appear to be knowledgeable and comfortable discussing the topics. So approaching the subject with authority may be the best strategy to help adults reach kids.
Being armed with statistics may help with this. The CDC reports that STD testing is integral to preventing the spread of infections, but just 38 percent of females age 15 to 25 – a high-risk demographic for chlamydia – reported getting screened for the infection.
Moreover, the CDC states that while males and females in this age group make up just one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for an estimated 50 percent of STD cases.
Additionally, fostering an environment of privacy and confidentiality may allow students to become more open to education on practicing safer sex and maintaining sexual health.
Educators and caregivers may want to stress the importance of regular and proper condom use, including a demonstration on how to put a condom on and what to do if it breaks or slips off. Additionally, STD tests are necessary each time a person has a new sexual partner, as early detection not only reduced the risk of spreading an infection but may also lead to easier treatment.