The Commerce Journal

April 4, 2013

No reason for high STD rate

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — More than 48,000 Texas citizens contract a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) every year.

And according to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four teenage girls has an STD, and a new strain of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is spreding rapidly among men.

These diseases are dangerous, and diagnosing and treating them should be a priority. But more importantly, better steps need to be taken to prevent these diseases.

There is no reason for teenagers to have such a high STD rate.

Teaching abstinence only in schools is just not working. Even though abstinence only is the best solution for preventing an STD, many students will still engage in sexual activity.

Sex education classes are an important part of a teenager’s education. Our youths need to be educated on the effects of STDs and the steps they can take to avoid contracting them.

Abstinence should still be emphasized not only because of the physical reprecussions of STDs, but also because studies have shown that students who engage in premarital sex experience a decline in their academic performance.

Although sex education should be taught in schools to the full extent, the responsibility for safe sex practices rests primarily on the student and their parents.

Parents, don’t be afraid sit down and have a candid talk with your children about sex.

Students, if think you can’t wait for marriage, then be smart with the choices you make about your body; you only live once.

Joseph Hamrick is a reporter for the Commerce Journal. He can be reached at, or on his Twitter page at @HB_JHamrick.