Even with STD and teen pregnancy rates rising the state still does not require its public schools to provide comprehensive sex education classes for students. Medically accurate information on HIV and STDs must be taught, but state law does not specify in which class it will be included in. State law also requires those public school districts that choose to offer sex education classes must use material that is abstinence based.
Currently a new bill is before the state congress that would also require public schools to include information on the moral implications of abortion. Opponents of the bill point out that there are no benefits to implementing it in the classroom, and in doing so it could actually cause the number of teen pregnancies and reported STDs to significantly rise.
Even though many students that do receive sex education in school are made to feel ashamed and embarrassed if they are sexually active, most health officials agree that some information on how STDs are spread is better than none. Public schools are also required to include information on the use of condoms, but students are rarely told where they can get them.
Due to the abstinence based curriculum many teens and some adults are too ashamed to get regular HIV testing in Edmond, even though they know that this potentially deadly disease can be passed by various methods. This also applies to regular Herpes testing in Edmond.
There are several reasons why the STD rate is increasing in this suburb, but the main contributing factor is the lack or type of information in the public schools sex education programs. The abstinence based classes often make teens feel ashamed and embarrassed, and this can affect them for the rest of their life. Teens and even some adults are too embarrassed to admit that there might be a problem, and this also makes it difficult for them to get tested. The last thing they want is to be seen by someone they know standing in line at a community STI clinic.
Misinformation is also affecting the STD rate, and it is also causing some residents to believe that a sexually transmitted disease could never happen to them. Unfortunately this is not true, which means that it is important for everyone to be tested for all STDs on a regular basis. Until everyone in the suburb understands this the number of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year will continue to rise.
Before heading into downtown Oklahoma City think about your sexual health. The number of STDs reported in the metro area are rising, and that includes this quaint suburb. It is understandable if you don’t want to spend the day waiting in line, and now you don’t have to. With a phone call you can easily schedule confidential testing and only spend a few minutes at a nearby lab. You’ll still have plenty of time to experience all that the city’s downtown has to offer.