Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Adolescents

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Sexual intercourse is believed by many to be the closest thing a couple can do, and so when the option arises, many people dive right in without giving it a second thought. But, having sex can be dangerous if not prepared for correctly. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STDs, can cause genital cancers, miscarriages, and in some cases, a slow and painful death. According to the American Sexual Health Association, more than half of American citizens will get an STD in their lifetime. This is ironic since the ASHA should be helping to inform adolescents about them, and how not to get them. The total estimated price of how much STDs cost people is over 15 Billion USD. An estimated one in five Americans have some form of Herpes, but as many …show more content…
They can be spread by the blood, vaginal fluid, or semen, but by using protection, or getting tested before sex, you can eliminate the possibility of getting yourself or your partner infected with an STD. Yet many people are careless, and the fact is, many STDs are incurable, with highly ineffective treatments. Syphilis is one particularly disturbing disease; It has three stages, the first being a painless sore, then to a rash, then to long term nerve, heart, or even brain damage. If this doesn’t sound like something out of a horror story, maybe Crabs will. They are tiny pubic lice that lay their eggs to hatch and reproduce, all in your pubic hair. These examples are just a few of a plethora of nasty diseases that unprotected sex, or not getting tested can unleash. Getting tested for an STD is very simple, and comparative to the years of pain or disruption it can cause, is relatively cheap, at slightly over one hundred dollars per …show more content…
Another crippling reason is because there aren’t really any programs in college for people that want to teach Sex Ed for, in example, high school. Sex Ed is normally an extra or small course that’s only taught for a few days, with no tests or quizzes to ensure that the student pool has taken it in. But even worse are the state laws surrounding Sex Ed, the fact is, only 22 states require sex ed, 33 require HIV/AIDS information, and only 19 states require that if sex ed is taught, it must be medically

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