Even though state law does allow public schools to teach comprehensive sexual education classes, most cities choose to accept the funding that comes with using “abstinence only” programs. While abstaining from sexual intercourse will prevent pregnancy, it will not completely stop the spread of all STIs. Not all STDs are spread strictly by engaging in intercourse, some can be transmitted by other means.
Casual contact can easily spread the Herpes virus, which is one of the main reasons it is so prevalent in high schools. Without comprehensive programs that teach students how all STDs are spread the rate of infection in the city will continue to rise.
Schools are required to teach students how to protect themselves, but the only method covered is abstinence. Until students and their parents understand how important it is to get screened for all of the sexually transmitted infections, everyone will be at risk.
Regular Herpes testing in Vancouver can help bring the transmittable virus under control, and prevent it from continuing to affect students’ lives. The disease is not curable it can only be managed, which is why it is important to take proactive steps to prevent its transmission. This is also why regular HIV testing in Vancouver is important, and the simple procedure could help save your life.
One of the attractions of this city is its wide demographical base, but this is also contributing to sexually transmitted infections. While women test positive for Chlamydia more often than men, the same is not true for most of the other STDs.
Men are being diagnosed with Gonorrhea and Syphilis more often than women, and much of this increase is due to embarrassment and a lack of education. Many men also see contracting a STD as a weakness, while others still believe in many of the stereotypes that are a result of misinformation.
Embarrassment and shame often makes it difficult for men and women to get tested, even when obvious symptoms appear. Another reason for the climbing rate of infection is that residents are living longer and staying sexually active well into their “golden years”. Not only are older citizens lacking the information available today, many do not even realize that they can still become infected at their age.
A shortage of health centers in some neighborhoods, along with an inability to afford frequent screenings, is also causing a spike in STD percentages. The area also has a transient population during the warmer weather, and this means that some sexually transmitted diseases are brought in with visitors and temporary residents.
Before heading out to the Columbia River or over to the historic airfield it is important to stop and think about your sexual health. If you are putting off testing due to a fear of running into someone you know, there is a better and faster way. You can easily schedule anonymous STD testing at a nearby lab, and still have time for a day on the river.