Health care is extremely important, but one form which is overlooked or often not talked about often is sexual healthcare. Did you know these facts? Over 25 million people have died from AIDS since 1981. STDs often cause death, infertility, chronic pain, birth defects, & miscarriages. Everyday 12,000 American teens contract an STD. 1 in 5 Americans have genital herpes. 90% don’t know it and don’t show signs. There are 750,000 teen pregnancies in the U.S. a year (2,000 a day). About 80% of teen fathers don’t stay with the mom. Every 45 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. How can we prevent these numbers and statistics? We can with Planned Parenthood.
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One thing many people don’t understand about Planned Parenthood is that their services go far beyond abortion. Jon Kyl, former Republican Senator of Arizona, once made the statement that abortion is “well over ninety percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” However Kyl was corrected almost immediately, because he was completely off. In fact, abortion only covers about three percent of what Planned Parenthood does. Thirty-five percent of their services include providing contraception, thirty-four percent goes toward testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, seventeen percent goes toward cancer screening and protection, and the other eleven percent goes toward other health services for primarily women, but also men. Planned Parenthood has also been trying to spread sexual education since the 90’s. 26 states teach abstinence-only sexual education, and some researchers argue that abstinence-only education leads to more unplanned pregnancies because they do not inform students about contraceptives. Not only this, but because students are ignorant of sexually transmitted diseases, they are more likely to contract them because they don’t know anything about preventive measures. Another significant service that Planned Parenthood does is test for sexually transmitted diseases. In women especially, sexually transmitted diseases can take a long time to detect, and symptoms can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. If