“Shocking” amount of 10-14 year-olds with STD’s in North Central MO

Some unsettling data for parents, as the Missouri Department of Health releases numbers showing that there were 57 reported cases of STD’s among children aged 10-14 in North-Central Missouri in the last 2 years.

Cale Mitchell, the executive director of the Regional Aids Interfaith Network in Columbia, says those numbers weren’t even collected before 2008 because the Department of Health only tracked numbers for people over 15 years old.

“It is shocking to even us. When you start talking about age groups that are really middle school – junior high… The general population’s perception is that those individuals are not sexually active,” Mitchell said. [...]

Missouri: State Sex and STD/HIV Education Policy, as of January 1, 2010


State Sex and STD/HIV Education Policy, as of January 1, 2010Compare
  MO
US
Mandates Sex Education? No 22+DC Yes
Notes on Sex Education Mandates If taught voluntarily, must stress abstinence. NA
Mandates STD/HIV Education? Yes 35+DC Yes
Notes on STD/HIV Education Mandates Must stress abstinence NA
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Notes: 

Data as of January 1, 2010.

Sources: 

Sex and STD/HIV Education, State Policies in Brief, Guttmacher Institute, January 1, 2010. Available at:http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf.

Definitions: 

STD: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

NA: Not applicable.


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This is very unsetteling indeed, people think children won't have sex at an early age and unfortunately that is not true. Using abstinence only education only worsens things because when they have sex (and lots will) they will be ignorant to birth control and safe sex methods.
Missouri isn't abstinence-only, it's 'must stress abstinence if taught' and it mandates STD education,

It's actually a fairly progressive policy, if you ignore the bit about how sex education is entirely voluntary, but it does kinda sound like they teach kids about STD but not how to avoid them with condoms.
My question would be: is it "must stress abstinence" to the exclusion of all else ... or can they get real about the issues of contraception, what works (condoms) and what doesn't (rhythm)?

We've been through this in Parma, Ohio (not very far from me), and two teens in the Parma system were not very pleased with a sex education program and had the cojones to speak out about it.

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