Yesterday, I wrote about Baby Hailey. My daughter’s 16 year old friend gave birth over the weekend to a beautiful baby. My post was generally about how she is a trend both in my community and in general. I did not mention whether or not it was right for her her to have gotten pregnant because, this is not my job. I did mention that my daughter’s high school in general chose to ignore the need for education related to this and that this is dangerous.
I got some interesting comments;
For Example, Genital Herpes
What about the HIV virus?
Just last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new estimates of HIV prevalence, or the total number of people living with HIV in the United States. CDC’s analysis reveals that there were more than a million people—an estimated 1,106,400 adults and adolescents—living with HIV infection in the United States at the end of 2006.
In 2006, the estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS in the United States and dependent areas was 14,627. In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, this included 13,968 adults and adolescents, and 48 children under age 13 years.
High school education.
CDC has identified 8 specific elements, which must be present to constitute comprehensive school health education. These elements include trained health teachers, a designated coordinator, and coverage of key behavioral areas. Data show that three out of four schools have at least one required health class and two out of three schools have evaluated their health education program in the past 2 years. But less than a third report the involvement of parents, health officials, and other concerned community members in school health education programs. Only 2 percent of schools meet all 8 of the CDC criteria for a comprehensive school health education.
According to National Institute of Health,
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs,
Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby.
If you have an STD caused by bacteria or parasites, your health care provider can treat it with antibiotics or other medicines. If you have an STD caused by a virus, there is no cure. Sometimes medicines can keep the disease under control. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading STDs.
My daughter’s friend had one of many consequences from having unprotected sex. There are plenty of kids who were not as lucky.
Hope this clears things up for you “anonymous”.
Thanks for reading!