In response to the rapidly rising STD rates the state recently took action in an attempt to slow and eventually stop the spread of these transmittable diseases. In 2016 all public school districts are required to use the new state approved curriculum in their sex education programs.
No longer are school districts allowed to use only abstinence based material. It must now be medically accurate, and most important pertain to students’ lives. State officials realize that teens are engaging in sexual activity at a younger age, judging by the abnormally high pregnancy rate, and ensuring that the information they receive is relevant to their lives is one of the first steps in combating the spread of all STDs.
This means that students will now learn about the importance of always using protection every time they engage in sexual activity. While abstinence will still be taught as the best method of preventing unplanned pregnancies, teens will learn that this cannot prevent the spread of all STDs. Discussions on dating and relationships, regardless sexual preference will also be discussed, along with the importance of STD testing.
Situated in the northern part of the state, one reason being blamed for the city’s high STD rate is its rural location. Not only does this mean fewer community STI testing centers, but it is also giving residents a false sense of security when it comes to their sexual health. Many people simply believe that this is actually helping to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases.
The area’s rapidly rising infection rate shows this not to be the case, especially after the high Gonorrhea rate prompted health officials to label it as an epidemic. Simply because the town is located away from larger cities and has a smaller population does not mean that residents are not at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
The small city is located on the Sacramento River which is a popular destination for tourists, especially in the summertime. Turtle Bay and the sanctuary are also located nearby, and this also brings in visitors from around the county. Some of these tourists can already be infected with a sexually transmitted disease without even realizing it, and this means that they can also easily pass it onto to local residents. Without regular STD testing, everyone in Redding is potentially at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
With STD rates rising it is important for everyone to get tested on a regular basis, regardless of sexual activity. It is understandable if you don’t want to spend the day waiting in long lines at the community health centers, and now you don’t have to. You can easily take care of your sexual health simply by making one quick and easy phone call to schedule confidential STD testing at a nearby lab. It will only take a few minutes of your time so you can still enjoy a day at Clear Creek and even see the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay.