One of the best ways to reduce the number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people is through increased education and awareness. Some teens are under the impression that pregnancy is the only thing they need to be concerned about when it comes to sex, which is why it’s important to teach them about the importance of preventing infections as well.
Recently, schools in Shenendehowa, New York stopped the Planned Parenthood sexual education classes they had been offering, and many parents are still wondering why. The Times Union reports that the organization has been sending speakers into local middle and high schools to talk about abstinence, STDs, teen pregnancy and other concerns for the past 20 years. In October of 2011, however, after the complaints of a few dozen parents, the school district discontinued the program. The school board recently held a forum for the public to discuss why it decided to remove the program. However, local parents are still reportedly confused as to why the board made the decision.
“I came to get the facts, and I still don’t have them,” Debra Espey, a parent of two Shenendehowa students, said as she left the meeting, quoted by the news source. Superintendent Oliver Robinson said that the school district will re-consider the decision. Parents in the community remain divided, with some demanding that that the program be re-instated, while others stating that they were uncomfortable with Planned Parenthood teaching their children about condom use.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that regardless of race or gender, young people between the ages of 15 to 24 have the highest risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This suggests that parents and educators need to come to some kind of accord over the best ways to educate kids on the potential dangers of these infections.