The number of college-age students getting STDs is rising, with about 36,000 Floridians in their early 20s having contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis in 2010.That amounted to about 3 percent of the age group. New HIV case numbers also have risen over the past decade, though not as much as STDs.
Palabra clave ‘sexual health’
While heading to class last year, Stephanie Cisneros, a Denver-area high school junior, was arguing with a friend about ways that sexually transmitted diseases might be passed along. Ms. Cisneros knew she could resolve the dispute in class — but not by raising her hand. While her biology teacher lectured about fruit flies, Ms. Cisneros hid her phone underneath her lab table and typed a message to ICYC (In Case You’re Curious), a text-chat program run by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
What does it take to create and sustain a sexually healthy nation? That’s one of the main questions asked in “Let’s Talk About Sex,” a new film premiering in the U.S. on TLC this April 9th.
DC estimates more than 19 million new cases of STDs each year in the United States. In 2009, there were more than 1.5 million total cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea reported to CDC- making them the two most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States. STDs have an economic impact: direct medical costs associated with STDs in the United States are estimated at $17.0 billion annually.
As they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescent girls face poorer health outcomes, are more likely to become infected with HIV, become moresocially isolated, are less likely to attend secondary school or to complete it, and have fewer income-generating opportunities than boys.