Sexual education needs to be taken to the next level in American high schools as new Chlamydia outbreak has set off in West Texas High school.
A high school from West Texas is dealing with a Chlamydia outbreak after a large number of students have been tested positive with the sexually transmitted disease.
Parents and teachers have been summoned for a meeting with health officials to discuss the situation.
Officials will focus on the sex education program of the school and will stress on the fact that there has been an alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases among high school students in certain schools from Texas.
The high number of infected students has alarmed authorities. Crane High School has around 300 students and in the past weeks has been dealing with 20 cases of Chlamydia, stated local reports.
School representatives have emailed parents(of high school students) and informed them on the problem the school is facing, respectively the Chlamydia outbreak. Even if it has been confirmed that only high school students were involved in the issue, emails have been sent also to parents who have children in junior high.
This is a situation happening in every town and this is why parents need to be informed on what’s going on and educate their children in having protected and safe sex. Since the matter is growing and has become news subject it means that it is pretty serious, stated one of the parents.
Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted disease but if left untreated it can have negative effects on the female reproductive system.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis which spreads trough unprotected sexual intercourse and oral sex. Individuals who were infected with the disease and got treated can still can infected again.
There are many who live with the disease without knowing they have it, since it doesn’t have concrete symptoms or signs. Statistics have shown that 50% of the infected men and 75% of the infected women have do not display signs of the disease.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most spread among teenagers with ages between 15 and 19 years old, them being the group with the highest rate of these sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.
In 2013 there were reported up to 548,000 cases of high school students infected with Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Eight out of a total of 11 states rated with the highest STD rates were in the south of the country, stated reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Chlamydia outbreak from the Crane high school was not a particular case. For the past years syphilis occurrence in Dallas County Schools has went up with 31% and in April there has been reported a large number of Chlamydia infection in El Paso which affected a variety of age groups.
Light cases of Chlamydia can be cured by following a treatment with antibiotics prescribed by the doctor. However, if dealing with a more severe case of the disease people might end up in the hospital on intravenous and pain medication.
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