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Legislators may expand sex education across West Virginia schools

Regardless of whether parents want to talk about it, American adolescents are having premarital sex. As one survey recently revealed, approximately half of West Virginia grade school students have had intercourse as of 2011, according to the Register-Herald.

Now, more people are wondering if sex education courses and information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as herpes, gonorrhea and chlamydia, should be taught in grade level schools.

"We do need to have better health education," Doug Chapman, assistant director of the Office of Healthy Schools for the state Department of Education, told the news source. "We have many people on the regional level as you can see that are working toward reproductive health education."

When the survey was analyzed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), experts found that approximately 50 percent of students were engaged in sexual activities. However, this is a decrease from the results of a 1993 survey that showed only 63 percent were participating in them. The survey is currently conducted every two years.

A concern among some parents and health experts alike is the increased risk for STDs among adolescents if the trend continues. However, additional sex education may be able to inform students of ways to keep themselves safe from STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea if they choose to become intimate.

The Mayo Clinic states that STDs can be prevented through the use of sexual protection such as condoms. This is one of the easiest ways to keep diseases from spreading. There are also vaccinations available that may be able to prevent certain types of the human papillomavirus, which can be contracted through intercourse and potentially cause cancer. More information may keep children healthier in the future.