Health classes in Delaware can begin sexual health education in sixth grade. Education should continue in the home. So says Susan Hoffman, president of the Delaware School Nurses Association. It’s important for parents to be open with their children about sexual health.
It should be a team approach. It should include the school and home.
Delaware state law requires sexuality education. Local school boards decide the grade level in which topics are introduced. Teaching about abstinence and contraceptives, such as condoms, the Pill, or the Patch, is required. Delaware state law also requires STDs and HIV/AIDS education.
Abstinence must be taught as the only completely effective protection against unplanned pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS when transmitted sexually. You do not need your parents’ permission to participate in sexuality education or HIV/AIDS education classes.
Anyone 12 years old or older does not need permission from a parent or guardian to get tested for STDs and HIV in your state. A physician could discuss tests with parents but this is not required. If you want to make sure your visit is confidential, tell the clinic staff how to contact you about test results and future appointments without your parents knowing.
There are options for STI testing in your area. Public health provides free STD testing at school-based health centers, juvenile detention centers, community-based health clinics and at state facilities. In one year this staff can perform over 65,000 free tests. That number does not include tests performed by private health care providers.
Delaware has growth with new clinics coming to the community to fill in the gaps and to bring sexual, reproductive health services to more people. Increased testing brings about an increased number of cases identified. Some people do not realize that if both you and your partner are not treated at the same time, it’s possible to get the infection again. Delaware tries to make sure testing is available as much as possible.
Planned Parenthood/Newark DE Health Center is an example of a place that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment. The staff is trained to help you with your situation and a Planned Parenthood facility offers STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Additionally, the center provides testing and diagnosis for HIV and testing, diagnosis, and treatment for bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. STD prevention services include condoms, HPV (Gardasil) vaccines, hepatitis B vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. The facility tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia using a urine sample. If this test shows an infection, then you will get treatment and an explanation of how your partner can be treated.
This health center supports and welcomes clients regardless of the gender, sexual orientation, and sex. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex clients as stated on their web site. Services are provided in a professional and respectful manner.
Consider also that you could go to an urgent care center. One of the less talked about but highly used services of such a center is STD testing. Whether testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HIV, or Syphilis, these STD screenings you can use to help you. You can find online reviews about these centers to help you decide to use one including a service in your city.
A hospital is a facility that can help. If you are embarrassed to be seen at Planned Parenthood you could consider this option. No one will know why you are there. Yet another option is a private service such as STD Check. This service provides 100 percent confidential STD testing. It offers results in one to two days. All tests are FDA approved. Same day STD testing is available. You order a test. Then you visit a local test center. You then get your results in one to two days. This kind of service aims to eliminate embarrassment. It gives you access to the testing used by doctors and hospitals.
Nothing is reported to your insurance. Nothing is placed into your medical record. The service provides guidance throughout the process. A free doctor consultation is included if you test positive. A doctor can prescribe treatment or a referral.
Whether you go to the Planned Parenthood/Newark Delaware Health Center, a high school counsellor or nurse at a school school as Newark High School, an online service, or a clinic or hospital such as Christiana Care, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. This can also include an urgent care center.
While STD rates are high in your city and area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective. Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood/Newark Delaware Health Center or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom to practice safe sex. Here are links to resources mentioned above.