Nearly 10% of Students Catch Chlamydia in Outbreak at Texas School With No Sex-Ed
A Texas high school has reportedly notified parents that they are dealing with a chlamydia outbreak affecting nearly 10 percent of their students.
KWES reports that Crane High School, which has about 300 students, has sent letters to parents informing them that they have received reports of at least 20 chlamydia cases.
Chlamydia, while curable, may cause permanent damage to the reproductive system.
The Crane Independent School District “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality,” according to the student handbook. By Texas law, if the school did adopt a sex-ed curriculum, most of the focus would have to be on teaching abstinence until marriage.
The district’s schools will meet this week to outline a strategy for dealing with the STD outbreak.
According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, STDs have increased in the area. Syphilis cases have increased by 31 percent since 2012, for example.
The CDC reports that the South has eight of the 11 states with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, which critics blame on the lack of sex education in schools.
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