When trying to strike up a conversation with someone, bringing up sex isn’t the ideal topic to bring up. For many conservative nations, this is still an untouchable subject. And the concept of formally including sex education as part of the school curriculum is even more exciting.
At a healthcare summit hosted by the Community Health Centers of Arkansas, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders claimed that the lack of sex education in the country is “deafening,” leaving youth exposed to sexual assault and STDs. And, she said, “paying a very terrible price for not teaching our young people.” She went on to say that sex education programs that focus solely on encouraging abstinence are unrealistic and that “abstinence-only programs that do not teach contraception will not fix the issue.”
Most young people who start having sexual relationships nowadays do so without any reliable information about sexual and reproductive health, according to studies. As a result of this data gap, more women may become pregnant unintentionally or contract an STD (STD). One way to aid youth in avoiding these issues and bettering their reproductive health in the future is through sexual health education.
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An expert on adolescent health argues that sex education programs are essential if young people are to gain reliable knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. It’s possible that young people won’t have any other place to learn the skills they need to keep their reproductive health in check besides a sex education program.
There is a lot of confusion and false beliefs among young adults regarding conception, family planning, and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. Results from a study conducted in Jamaica by the Women’s Studies Project at FHI and the University of the West Indies show that the sampled young people know very little about reproductive health. About 500 kids between the ages of 11 and 14 were polled right before they started a family life education program at school.
These students were identified as having an elevated risk of engaging in sexual conduct at a young age.
Many of our young people are struggling with unwanted pregnancies and/or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because of a lack of education on these issues. There has to be more dialogue about this, and sexual health clinics can facilitate that.
A sexual health clinic is a medical facility that treats patients for issues connected to their sexual health. Clinics for sexual health are also known as VD clinics, STD clinics, and GUM clinics, all of which refer to the same thing: diagnosing and treating sexually transmitted diseases.
Public health nurses are available in nearly all sexual health clinics to counsel patients and visitors on sexual health and make referrals to local resources for those seeking more information.
Larger facilities may employ psychiatrists and psychologists in addition to their medical personnel, allowing them to offer comprehensive services relating to sexual health.
For many, the question of privacy is the most pressing problem. GUM clinics are aware of the issue and work hard to safeguard their patients’ confidentiality. No information about any visit is ever shared with anyone who shouldn’t have access to it. It is not necessary for the patient to provide their name if they so choose.
A sexual health clinic’s responsibility in educating young people on reproductive health begins where that of the educational system ends. The decision to engage in sexual activity is one that should not be taken lightly. Before joining the sex bandwagon, arm yourself with knowledge.