For Utah students: A little more chocolate, hold the sex ed
For teenagers, sexual education may be an important way to learn about protection against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However, sex ed in the school system has been a controversial topic across the country, as some activists believe that it is only promoting the act of sex, rather than demonstrating the consequences.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that high school students in Utah were the least likely in the U.S. to learn about condoms while they were at school. Interestingly, students in The Beehive State had the biggest access to chocolate on school grounds.
The news source reports that Utah law actually forbids the advocacy for condoms and other forms of contraception in public schools, which may explain why the majority of teenagers in the system find themselves lacking knowledge on sexual health.
"It's very, very limited," Lynn Meinor, manager of the health department’s communicable-disease prevention program, told the news provider. "The majority [of youth] cannot even talk about the four fluids that can transmit HIV [blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk]."
The news provider states that while 75 percent of Utah schools have candy available to students, only 38.5 percent of educational institutions teach about condoms. To get a clearer picture, only 20.4 percent of schools nationwide allow candy in their halls, while 80.5 percent of public institutions teach their students about safe sex practices such as condoms.
It seems as though more education about the importance of condoms may be necessary, as the CDC reveals that only 42.2 percent of females said they used a rubber during their first time, while men scored slightly higher at 47.7 percent.