By Nakiea Boetger
A recent news story shows STD rates in our community are still climbing, take a look for yourself. Omaha has roughly TWICE the national average of STD rates!
The STD rates in Douglas County ARE alarming. These rates SHOULD be a topic of conversation. The hesitation to have discussions about sex and safety are understandable, it’s uncomfortable. But, this lack of conversation is why these rates are so high. More than half of these infections are among folks under the age of 25; it is almost never too soon to initiate the conversation about safer sex. There is a new project promoting testing among youth, for more info check out www.getcheckedomaha.com. Just think of all the goofy things about sex that your friends talked about in school. If you aren’t talking to your kids, rest assured that their friends are. And much like your friends, they probably don’t know what they’re talking about.