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Teen STD numbers are increasing

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Albany- Although April is almost over, the importance of talking to your teens about sexually transmitted diseases during STD awareness month is still an important issue.

The Dougherty County Adolescent Health and youth development program on Dawson Road works toward preventing teen pregnancy. The center has materials offers workshops and one on one counseling to teach sexual education.

According to the American Social Health Association, research shows that half of sexually active youth will contract a sexually transmitted disease by age 25. They cite lack of health care and failing to educate adolescents as just some of the reasons why.

That's why the Dougherty County Adolescent Health and youth development program on Dawson Road works toward preventing teen pregnancy. The center is also being used as a place for teens and parents to go for education and materials on the issue.

The facility houses workshops, classes, and one on one counseling to teach sexual education, and provide a place where teens can feel comfortable. Debra Willingham expressed the importance of teaching abstinence and also recommends that parents first get educated on the various types of STD's before talking with their teens.

They will have a workshop to educate parent's on STD prevention with teens at the Dougherty County Health Department from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on May 14th.

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