Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wake Up

I am disconcerted by the news. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a study that indicates that 1 in 4 girls and young women have at least one of the more common STDs. When I heard this I wanted to cry. I thought "what should we do as a people to stop this epidemic"?

I think it is wonderful that America has begun to exercise and eat healthily. But we must remember that our sexual health is just as important. As a community, we have to spread the word to protect ourselves. Condoms can prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies if used properly. There is a vaccination (Gardasil) that women can get to prevent the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). To prevent an unwanted pregnancy there is birth control. The combination of all three of these options will protect you stronger than just one. Of course, if you practice abstinence you run absolutely no risk of contracting STDs or having an unwanted pregnancy.

For centuries women have been the mainstay of our communities and families. Let's nurture each other. Let's educate ourselves, spread the word and put it into practice. We are our sister's keeper as much as we're responsible for our own actions.

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