This month’s issue of Switched-On has to do with STDs, which aren’t really a problem for teens until it’s too late. Honestly, most teenagers don’t start researching STDs unless they suspect they might have one.

This month’s issue of Switched-On has to do with STDs, which aren’t really a problem for teens until it’s too late. Honestly, most teenagers don’t start researching STDs unless they suspect they might have one. Everyone knows the names of different STDs, but the symptoms are another story. Teens are educated once or twice throughout their entire education and apparently, and that’s enough to prevent disease. When taught about STDs many classes talk about prevention and show gory pictures in their “scare them straight” method. In my high school, we talked about STDs in Health class, but I can barely recall the gross images or the STDs that caused them. Gruesome pictures fade with time and can misrepresent a disease. Granted STDs are never good, but how they are taught makes them seem like death sentences. Sure, there are STDs that are incurable, but some can just be cured with simple antibiotics. I personally didn’t know Chlamydia was curable until I saw it on a television show like two years ago. I think the number of times and how STDs are taught to teens should be changed. I don’t have a solution; I’m just throwing it out there.

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