The way sex education looks in Texas today is the way it has looked for years. Under the law, abstinence has to be taught as the first and best choice. Everything else is optional, including talking about disease prevention, conception, and sex education.
A small group of Dallas Independent School District parents wants to put into place a better sex education curriculum. Some disagree with the change. Currently in Texas sexual education classes must devote more time to abstinence than any other behavior.
David Wiley is a health education professor at Texas State University. He is a critic of abstinence only sex education. He notes that currently student have misconceptions he sees in his classes. Some male students ask about their chance of getting cervical cancer. Some female students have no idea how birth control works. Wiley reviewed sex education curricula across the state for the Texas Freedom Network.
Texas now ranks third in teen pregnancies, first in repeat teen births, and sixth for gonorrhea among young women. It ranks 12th for diagnosed HIV cases among teenagers. Abstinence only education has not helped those numbers. Several studies of Centers for Disease Control data have shown that states with abstinence-only sex education have higher rates of teen pregnancy than those with more comprehensive programs.
Research from the University of Texas shows that ten percent of sixth-graders have had sex, and by 12th grade 70 percent of teens have had sex. This means more than 800,000 teens in Texas.
There are several options available to you for STI testing near your city. The Mesquite Health Center Planned Parenthood is one of the options. It is about 13 miles from your city.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is another option. The facility can test for STDs including HIV and herpes. Testing is available at their central office location of mobile medical unit.
Services offered include testing, same day results, exams, and treatment. Confidential testing is available for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, trichomonas, chancroid with symptoms, and yeast infections. Testing is also available for herpetic lesions but the office does not offer blood testing for herpes.
The service provides a diagnosis based on client symptoms, medical history, STD exposure, and lab results. The facility offers medication onsite to treat clients for infections. Treatment is available also for clients exposed to STDs. The mobile medical unit travels to various locations in Dallas County. The mobile clinic offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis.
Mesquite Health Center/Planned Parenthood location is another place that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment. The staff is trained to help you with your situation. The Planned Parenthood/Mesquite Health Center 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.
Lake Pointe Medical Center is another facility that can help you. Integra Urgent Care in your city is another option. One of the less talked about but highly used services of such a center is STD testing. You can find online reviews about these centers to help you decide to use one including a service in your city.
If you are embarrassed to be seen at Planned Parenthood you could consider the hospital or urgent care option. No one will know why you are there. Yet another option is a private service such as PlushCare.
You order your STD tests. Then you visit a local lab. Then you get results via email in three business days or less. When you order you choose the tests you want to order. If you do not know for sure which tests to order, call the service so they can help. When you visit a local lab you bring with you a personalized lab order form.
There is no appointment needed. It takes one blood and/or urine sample and about 15-30 minutes. If results show a need for treatment, you connect with the service and a doctor to provide a treatment plan.
You can visit the Mesquite Center Planned Parenthood, a high school counsellor or nurse, an online service, or a clinic or hospital, you can find information about STDs, testing, and treatment in your area. While STD rates are high in your city, 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 the Planned Parenthood Mesquite 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.