1 in 2 sexually active persons will get an STI by 25.
The United States has been suffering from a dramatic increase in the rate of STIs over the last few years.
Sex education across the United States is extremely lacking. Each state interdependently mandates what has to be taught which means there is a huge variance in the quality of education a child can receive.
20 million new STI cases occur among the population every year. Half of which are young people who do NOT get screened for infections.
This issue costs the United States an estimated 16 billion every year!
We provide affordable testing and treatment as well as education on prevention of transmission. For HPV, we recently had the New York State Department of Health clarify that minors could consent to the HPV vaccine on their own.
What is Planned Parenthood doing to reduce the rate of STIs?
11 states only require that abstinence is taught.
20 states mandate sex and HIV education BUT they get to choose the content covered.
11 states have no sex or HIV education mandated.
We provide it directly to the classroom through our programs like "Taking Care of You" and "Making Proud Choices" as well as in person and online. Through affiliate programs we are able to reach 1.5 million people a year. We also advocate to the government the benefits of providing better education.
How does Planned Parenthood provide quality education then?