There is an outbreak of chlamydia in a small Texas high school. The Crane Independent School District has confirmed at least 20 cases of chlamydia within the high school. There are about 300 students at the high school.
Chlamydia is curable, but it can cause irreversible damage within an individual’s reproductive system if nothing is done about it.
The Crane Independent School District Student Handbook for 2014-2015 states that no curriculum in human sexuality is offered. In 2012, the School Health Advisory Committee of the district recommended a curriculum based on abstinence, rather than sexual education states Alexei Beltyukov of the committee (a-ventures.com).
Any sex ed in Texas schools is required to emphasize abstinence, according to the state law. Students are supposed to be taught that waiting until marriage is the most effective way to avoid STDs.
Crane High School has three days of sexual education in the fall semester. The School Health Advisory Committee is planning on meeting on Monday to figure out how they are going to be handling the chlamydia outbreak.
Dallas County Health and Human Services records make it clear that there has been a recent increase in STDs. Between 2012 and 2013, syphilis went up by 31%. Additionally, 8 of the 11 states in the country with the highest rates of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia were in the South. Many believe that this is connected to the emphasis on abstinence in sexual education in the South.