Sex! No Longer a Dirty Word

1632 WordsJul 10, 20187 Pages
Sex! No Longer a Dirty Word Sex in America’s high schools is a reality that must be faced head on. Many high school students today are struggling with the decision to have sex. As a society, are we letting today’s teens down by not having a full sexual education curriculum available in all high schools? In a study conducted in 2007, detailing the sexual activity of high school students, between grades ninth and twelfth showed that 48% of students had sexual intercourse (46% girls 50% boys) (ReCAPP). So why is it that our schools teach abstinence to the students? It is made clear by the study that half of the students are still having sexual contact with their partners. After personally experiencing sex at an early age, the discovery sex…show more content…
Where can one go to find out information about STD’s, the occasional poster hanging of the locker room wall or in the nurse’s office that doubles as the store room? On most high school campus this information is nowhere to be found. That’s why we need to have an educational class that explains the whole sexual experience that comes when high school students make that decision to join the sexual revolution. By educating the children before they become sexually active they will know the risk and the symptoms of common STD’s that seem to be found around high school campuses. They need to know that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The opponents of this type of open education say things like, “if they weren’t having sexual intercourse, they wouldn’t have to worry about STD’s.” That’s a correct statement most of the time, except when it comes to the most powerful of STD’s HIV/AIDS. That can be contracted without having sexual intercourse so why not educate them about everything. According to the CDC in 2009 about 8300 young people between the ages of 13-24 were affected with HIV (Teen Sex). Even through this, STD’s can’t to date be cured; students should still know the proper steps to take to get a test run by their physicians which could be in some cases lifesaving information. Knowing that
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