Many schools in the United States are showing a surprisingly irresponsible laxity in matters of providing sex education to teenagers. This may be a shocking fact in the 21st century but unfortunately it is true.
Only half the high schools and a fifth of the middle schools teach anything substantial about sexual health and contraception to students, acording to a new study.
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Sexual health and the spread of STDs is a grave concern and this ostrich-like head-in-the-sand attitude is the most backward of policies in the present age of awareness.
The CDC has presented its report on the matter and what it points towards is a lack of responsibility as regards sexual health and hygiene.
Among the stuff that ought to be taught in today’s sexually electrified times are the risks of HIV, STDs, the ever-present possibility of pregnancy and various other health topics.
The youth need to be given the proper information so that they could maintain their sexual health and act responsibly as members of a complex society in transition. Health is more important than wealth for when wealth is gone nothing is gone, but when health is gone everything is gone.
Pupils and alumni need to be taught about their boundaries in relationships. And the risks of disease could be countered via prophylactics. This is something these students need to know before they start engaging in full-fledged sexual intercourse.
Otherwise we are facing a health risk through the adolescents encountering the danger of catching an infectious disease or two. The students who are exploring their limits need to be taught vital decision-making skills.
Also the inculcation of critical communication tips are a must. For the past ten years or so, the number of adolescents who have had sex has remained static at 47%.
15% of teens had three or four sexual partners as was to be expected in such times of media saturation and greater opportunity in a free society. This had remained the same from 2003 to 2013.
The only problem was that lack of information could be a matter of life and death. Use of condoms in males and the birth control pill in females was crucial and the crux of the whole process.
While abstinence was an unrealistic standard to reach for, contraception was much more in keeping with the realism of the situation.
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HIV and STDs remain a high risk area and they are best avoided via proper precautionary measures. Care is better than cure and no one wants to end up dead for the sake of a one night stand that leads to a positive test for AIDS.