Mississippi Teenagers and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Teenagers make up almost 40 percent of those diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases in Mississippi.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that there has been a 25 percent jump in chlamydia within the last five years.
Figures from the state Department of Health show that number of HIV/AIDs cases among Mississippi's 15- to 24-year-olds went from 131 in 2007 to 160 in 2008.
The number of syphilis cases among 15- to 19-year-olds also rose from 52 to 63.
At school clinics in the city of Jackson and Hinds County, nurses perform wellness exams that include blood work on students. They do so with parents' permission.

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  • by For Michael Location: MS teacher on Nov 16, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    It is not the job of the school to teach about sexual diseases. It is the job of the parent and the religious right has nothing to do with it. Ignorance is taught at home not in the school.
  • by MIchael Location: Lauderdale County on Nov 16, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    This is directly related to the lack of sex education in schools. The religious right has pushed and pushed and pushed this idea of abstinence only until we as a society just accept ignorance as the standard. It is as if people believe teenagers will not have sex if we just don't talk about it. Mississippi also has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Go figure.
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