Studies show that adolescents are at very high risk for
STD infection. Female teenagers are more susceptible to STDs due to having an immature cervix, a condition known as ectopy. As a result, there are high rates of
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea among this population.
Additionally, we are seeing a rise in new HIV infections
among youth, especially gay youth. Other reasons for the high prevalence of STDs
and higher incidence of HIV among teenagers includes a lack of information, lack of insurance or other ability to pay for services, transportation
issues, discomfort with facilities, concerns about confidentiality, unprotected intercourse,
and substance use.
School-based programs that incorporate STD and HIV education into their curriculum help increase STD
and HIV awareness among students. DHSP offers several resources to schools to help with their STD
and HIV education and prevention efforts. Resources include general information, technical assistance in the form of curriculum and presentation development,
staff trainings, presentations
for students, free literature,
free condoms for
individuals and schools, and more.
also offer free materials, including posters, postcards, palm cards, and other
materials related to our "Don't Think Know" campaign that promotes Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing.
Additionally, our "Erase Doubt" campaign provides
information on HIV testing and our "LA's Sex Symbol"
campaign provides information on how to obtain free
condoms. Call (213) 744-3085 for more information.
Links and Resources
STD Heat Maps by Unified/Union School Districts in LA County