Sexual Health is something that is still considered taboo. Many parents are uncomfortable to talk to their children about sexual health. To make matters worse, many school districts and states are teaching children about abstinence as opposed to preventative measures that help prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and sexually transmitted infections. Living in a society where 50% of young adults will have an STD by the age of 35 is alarming! It is important to provide an advantageous and comprehensive way of teaching sexual health in order to prevent STDs/STIs. As STD continue to ravage our society they have now grown stronger and some are resistant to antibiotics.
When there is not a successful way to teach sexual health, more younger adults will find themselves contracting a STD or STI. As we continue to make sexual health taboo, people will continue to contract and treat curable STDs/STIs. Unfortunately, curable STDs such as gonorrhea have become stronger. According to U.S. News article Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea: A Growing Threat, gonorrhea become untreatable is becoming a real threat, with resistant strains found in different parts of the world. Resistance STDs should raise concern because it may mean living with the negative effects of the STD for the rest of a person’s life.
Overall, it is important to create a comprehensive form of sexual health education and create a society that does not make sexual health taboo. Losing effective treatments will hinder our fight to cure and prevent gonorrhea. Hopefully, this article will spark a change that will allow educators and advocates to create a more comprehensive form of teaching sexual health.