- Gonorrhea: 2nd highest rate for males and 3rd highest for females (ages 10-14 and 15-19)
- Chlamydia: 2nd highest rate for males and 3rd highest for females (ages 10-14) 4th highest rate for males and 8th highest rate for females (ages 15-19)
- Teen Pregnancy: 5th highest (ages 15-19)
The Wicomico County Health Department has two prevention curricula under its Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) designed to bring these rates down and encourages groups that work with youth and young adults to help safeguard county youth from sexually transmitted infections.
The first is “Promoting Health Among Teens – Comprehensive” (PHAT-C). Comprised of 12 1-hour sessions, this curriculum educates males and females ages 12 – 19 about the importance of sexual abstinence for teens, and also educates them about safer sex practices should they decide to have sex. Additional education shows youth how healthy relationships, career/educational success and financial literacy can be negatively impacted by having sex as a teen. Education is done through video storytelling/discussion, role play and other interactive learning techniques.
The second curriculum is “Seventeen Days,” an interactive DVD that educates females ages 14 – 19 about safer sex through an individual viewing session on a personal DVD player. During the 1-hour session, the participant selects one of six characters to follow in a romantic relationship, learning about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, anatomy, healthy relationships and decision making. Participants are provided risk reduction strategies and asked to think about what they would do in a similar situation.
Both initiatives require parent permission for those under age 18 and both include entry and exit surveys to assess change in knowledge.
For more information about having either of these programs provided to your group, call the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-334-3480. Connect with us online atwww.wicomicohealth.org, on Facebook, Instagram (WicomicoHealth) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth).