STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are repeated infections among the American teenage population. Our teenagers need mentors: adults older than the age of 25 to provide guided frank discussions about their sex life and the repercussions of their decisions. It preferably should be parents that have a good understanding in talking to their teens. As parents we tend to discuss abstinence and the shame that’s placed on teenage pregnancy. But we really need to have deep conversations with our children. They may not feel comfortable with you and this discussion, but it’s your job to educate them to make sure there is a clear understanding that all the responsibilities and negative affects of engaging in sexual behavior. They believe that they can handle this behavior. If your still uncomfortable delegate someone you trust to have this conversation with your youth.
All the statistics on youth in America is telling us there is a cause for concern. In the years between 2003-2004, 24% of the female adolescence between the ages of 14 to 19 years of age had at least one of the following STI’s: HPV Human Palilloma virus (18%), Chlamydia Trachomatis (4%), Trichomonas Vaginalis (3%), Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (2%). Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (1%). Among the female youth population that reported having sex, 30% of them were diagnosed with HPV and 7% Chlamydia.
Repeated acquisition of STI’s continues to be a risk factor to becoming infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
There were 75,273 students that participated in this study. There were 248 of them tested positive for HIV between 2003-2010. The infected rates were 3x higher in students with multiple gonococcal infection as opposed to students with no history of gonorrhea.
The most frustrating factor is that within one year from their first contraction of STI, they tested positive for HIV.
This suggest that there was a window of opportunity to provide comprehensive preventive interventions and could have prevented a life of medical struggles and become riddled with anxiety over their demise.
Parents, schools , and communities have this opportunity to educate our youth to prevent this behavior from traveling into their young adulthood, so that they are not narrowing thier of opportunities. I have lost love ones that were infected by this monster. When all we may need is to provide education, therapy, and showing someone that their actually worth caring about. This may be the key to decrease the infection of HIV.
Statistical information brought to you by medical journal UpToDate. 07/19/2016