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How many people have an STD?

There are many rumors about Sexually Transmitted Disease rates. I found some facts that may help you open your eyes and realize that anybody can get an STD. As an adolescent, we must try our best to keep ourselves aware of what we are exposed to—some STDs like Herpes, HIV, HPV, & Hepatitis never go away. Young people ages 15-24 are also infected with half of all new STD infections that happen every year in the United States. This is really crazy because we only make up a quarter of the total population!

There are about 20 million new cases of STDs each year in the United States. HPV and Chlamydia are the most common and may often have long term consequences. Luckily, there is a vaccine for HPV that can help you from catching some of the serious strains. Although there is no vaccine for Chlamydia, there is a simple test and an even easier cure if you are infected.

Some STDs have been causing more infections than normal. For the first time since 2006, there has been an increase in new cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Syphilis. Many youth don’t know they have these infections because they often don’t have symptoms. In other words, you have the infection in your body but you don’t feel sick or see anything unusual! Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. And of course, if you are going to have sex, use condoms every time!

Paola
Teen Health Educator
Sophomore / CHS

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How much do STD tests cost?

STD testing is free for teens in New York City. They don’t cost not one dime. Even if you don’t have health insurance you can still get the services for free or on a sliding scale (which means it will be really cheap). The tests are also always confidential. No one has to know!

You can get tested in your high school if it has a clinic. New Dorp High School, Port Richmond High School & Curtis High School in Staten Island ALL have student based health centers. If you don’t want to go to your school’s clinic, you can always find a local health clinic (like Teen R.A.P in Staten Island).

STD testing is especially important for teenagers who are sexually active and want to be protected. If you are thinking of becoming sexually active, STD testing is a very important first step. You don’t want to get an infection just because you trusted your partner’s word. ITS FREE, FREE, AND FREE. So why not get tested today? IT’S ALWAYS A SAFE BET!! There are several STD testing centers all over New York City, so find a center today!

Stephanie
Teen Health Educator
Sophomore / CHS

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Do you know what Domestic Violence is?

A total of 317 domestic violence (DV) awareness surveys were completed during the Teen Health Educator’s tabling event in October. The majority of people who took the survey answered that they knew what domestic violence was (96%). Many students also knew someone else who had experienced domestic violence (42%). To bring awareness you can educate your friends on this matter. Although students checked off that they knew in general what DV was, many did not know about the specific forms of domestic violence. 23% of students answered that physical abuse is the only form of domestic violence. Additionally, even though the question asking about the specific forms of DV clearly instructed the participant to choose only one answer, a number of students chose more than one—leaving us to throw the question out several times. This shows a sense of confusion and a lack of knowledge on what exactly Domestic Violence is.  Many students also said they knew where to go if they or someone they knew were experiencing domestic violence. Still, a lot of people did not know. The majority of students also believed that the age of women most likely to experience domestic violence was 18 to 34, which is correct. Although some students were right, others had false information that needed to be corrected. Finally, 23% of students stated that they did not know where to go for help if needed. The data from our surveys show a lack of education and a real need for more awareness and resources.

Winner Evu
Teen Health Educator
Sophomore/CHS

 


 

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Do you know what domestic violence is? Total: 307

Yes: 296
No: 11

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What of the following is a form of Domestic Violence?  Total: 301

  1. Stalking: 0
  2. Physical Abuse: 68
  3. Verbal Abuse: 6
  4. Emotional Abuse:1
  5. All of the above: 226 [CORRECT ANSWER]

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What age group of women is most likely to experience Domestic Violence? Total: 311

  1. 6 to 10: 4
  2. 11 to 17: 78
  3. 18 to 34: 210 [CORRECT ANSWER]
  4. 35 to 50: 19

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Do you know anyone who has experienced Domestic Violence? Total: 317

Yes: 132
No: 185

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If you or someone else is experiencing Domestic Violence, would you know where to go?

Total: 289
Yes: 229
No: 52


 

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Domestic Violence Awareness #purplethursday

On October 22 2015 in Curtis High School my fellow Teen Health Educators and I set up a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign. What we did was put up a poster in the main lobby to let our fellow classmates and teachers know that on this day they should wear purple for this cause. The campaign turned out to be a success! Many people followed through–it was definitely purpled out! In addition, we also had a table set up in our cafeteria during all the lunch periods. At the table, we had mini surveys for students to fill out with 5 questions to answer.  The questions asked if if they knew where to go for help, if they knew what domestic violence was, and if they knew anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence. In return for doing the survey, they received a little card that had a domestic violence fact on side and a place to go for help on the other side. We had over 300 students come up to our table to do the surveys! The results of the surveys were tallied up and displayed in our school with more information about domestic violence.

This was one of our best campaigns and we got a lot of students involved. Most important of all, I know we helped students by giving out information on where to go and what to do if they were experiencing domestic violence. We made a big impact because by the end of the day most of the student body and teachers in Curtis High School were wearing purple ribbons made by us to support this important day of Domestic Violence Awareness.

 

– Shanelle
Teen Health Educator
Junior / CHS

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Being a Teen health educator changed me!

How being a Teen health educator changed me:

“When I thought of high school, and all the clubs they had to offer, I never thought of becoming a teen health educator. I was never really comfortable talking about sex health so openly, much less to my whole high school! Luckily, I took a chance and joined the Teen Health Educator’s club. The decision ended up being a valuable one. Being a teen health educator these past two years has taught me a lot so far, both in and outside of my personal life. I learned about birth control, STD’s, and even how to say no to my partner when needed. As a teen, this information was really important for me to learn and has really helped me make good choices. In addition to helping me in my personal life, I am also able to help my peers when they don’t know what to do or where to go. So, being a teen health educator has changed me for the better and I hope to continue helping my peers as well!”

-Shanelle