Published on October 25, 2008
CAUTION!!! : CAUTION!!! The risk is real and the consequences are deadly! IS THIS REALLY A PROBLEM WITH TEENS? : IS THIS REALLY A PROBLEM WITH TEENS? Most sexually transmitted disease affect people between the ages of 15-25 years of age Since the development of oral contraceptives teens are protected from pregnancy but not STDs Lack of education in the middle school years leads to a lack of awareness about STDs MOST STDs have NO signs or symptoms IS THIS REALLY A PROBLEM continued : IS THIS REALLY A PROBLEM continued Teenagers feel they are invincible and nothing will happen to them Teenagers are just being exposed to new pathogens and the body has not built up an immunity to the new invaders Teenagers are embarrassed to talk about sex so how likely will they be to talk about sexually transmitted disease? STATISTICS : STATISTICS 20% of 8th graders have already had sex 60% of incoming freshmen in college will contract an STD before the year is finished Every 18 seconds a teenager gets an STD Chlamydia is the # 1 cause of INFERTILITY The fastest growing age group contracting HERPES is 12 year olds STDs can be transmitted through oral sex STATISTICS : STATISTICS STDs are 10 times more likely to contract as a teen due to lower immunity levels In 2006, 1800 TEENAGERS DIED of AIDS and 1 out of every 4 people contracting AIDS is a teenager Up to 40% females with Chlamydia develop PID and 20% will become INFERTILE More than half of all STDs are in teenagers From 2005-2006, there was a 5% increase in cases of Chlamydia and STILL so many are never diagnosed or treated U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimate there are 2.8 million cases of Chlamydia each year What are the most common STDsChlamydia : What are the most common STDsChlamydia Chlamydia is the most common STD in the rural areas and with younger people-no signs or symptoms and infection can be cured by a 1 DOSE ANTIBIOTIC-the problem is no one knows they have it A woman only has an exam once a year and that is only if using oral contraceptives most times so it is conceivable that someone could go a FULL YEAR or longer without knowing they have Chlamydia Complications of Chlamydia include pelvic inflammatory disease which in many cases causes the person to be INFERTILE-the longer left untreated the more likely PID is to develop What are the most common STDs HPV : What are the most common STDs HPV Also named human papilloma virus but most commonly referred to as GENITAL WARTS Warts are unsightly and not pleasant anywhere but what about on your genitals-These spread by contact and must be removed The warts may not ever show up or they can take about 6 months to show up Due to the massive amount of media attention the vaccination Gardisil has gotten, most people know about genital warts Complication is CANCER Other STDs : Other STDs There are around 30 known STDs-I focused on Chlamydia and HPV because our local health department and physicians see these two the most You need to remember other STDs as well-Gonorrhea, AIDs, Herpes, Syphilis, and many others AIDs is deadly Herpes carries no cure Syphilis is also deadly if untreated What can be done? : What can be done? We do a okay job at preventing teenage pregnancy so why can’t we do the same for STDs. STDs are much more common than pregnancy but we don’t educate about them enough. Educational programs need to start at the middle school level about abstinence but it needs to go further than that-protection from STDs requires condom usage What Can Be Done? : What Can Be Done? HPV is usually visual and when an abnormality arises, teach teens where to go for confidential help Keep help confidential and let teens know that parents do not have to be notified-teens will be more likely to get treatment if parents are not involved Parents save your children-don’t get wrapped up in abstinence to overlook serious consequences of STDs (speaking as a mother of TWO teenage daughters I would rather educate them and keep them safe than not to educate-STD awareness can promote abstinence) TEACH TEENS ABOUT STDs : TEACH TEENS ABOUT STDs Parents need to educate themselves about STDs and be open minded to teenagers having sex to protect their health and future Schools need to provide education starting in middle school WEAR CONDOMs-even with condoms there is still a risk of contracting STDs so abstinence is the absolute best defense Don’t think it can’t happen to me because it can TEACH ABOUT STDs : TEACH ABOUT STDs Health departments treat STDs for free and it is confidential You can also get tested at family planning clinics or your doctor’s office IF YOU HAVE HAD UNPROTECTED SEX EVEN JUST ONCE-YOU ARE AT RISK Don’t believe everything someone tells you-just because a person tells you that they haven’t been with anyone else, don’t automatically believe that story EVALUATION : EVALUATION Please post your comments and answer these questions at the end of the show in the comments section on You Tube I appreciate you viewing the show and hope you have gained some knowledge of STDs and the grave consequences they carry. 1. Did it surprise you to learn that STDs are so common or that so many teenagers have STDs? 2. Did you learn anything about STDs that you didn’t know before the show? 3. If you are a parent, would this make you more or less likely to teach your kids about STDs? 4. If you are a teenager, did this make you think about having unprotected sex even with a steady partner? 5. What more would you like to know about STDs SOURCES: : SOURCES: Ahlum, S. (2008, October 10). MD, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Chairman of C.H.A.R.T Teen Task Force. (L. Parshall, Interviewer) Edler, M. R. (2007). Facts About Teens And Sexually Transmitted Disease. MoSALPN Annual Convention. Columbia. Gray, B. B. (n.d.). Kids Sex. Retrieved October 3, 2008, from Nurse Week: http://www.nurseweek.com Hellinghausen, M. A. (1998, November 20). Silent Epidemic. Retrieved October 2, 2008 from Nurseweek/Healthweek: http://www.nurseweek/silent_epidemic.html U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2007, October 9). National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved October 5, 2008, from Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/otheract/hpdata2010/abouthp.htm Wear, L. (2008, October 3). RN, Director of Women's Health, Shelby County Health Department. (L. Parshall, Interviewer)
Information about STDs and teenagers including statistics.
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