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Alaska makes strides with sex education programs

In light of its high rates of both chlamydia and gonorrhea, the state of Alaska is reaching out to its residents to try and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Alaska Dispatch reported. Two programs in particular - I Know Mine and P.H.A.T. - are working to educate teenagers and young adults on the topic of sex and other risky behaviors.

In 2008, Alaska ranked second among 50 states in chlamydia infections with 711.2 cases per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since then, the rate has significantly decreased. In particular, the rate of chlamydia dropped by 5 percent from 2010 to 2011, which health officials partially attribute to the sex education programs, the news source reported.

I Know Mine is a website with information on STDs and sexual health, where people can get tested and learn how to obtain free condoms. In addition, it provides resources for assistance with relationships, drugs, alcohol, nutrition and emotional health. Users can also order STD testing kits, which have been a huge success, through the site.

Finally, P.H.A.T., or Promoting Health Among Teens, works to educate teenagers on abstinence first and safer sex intervention as an alternative.