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GDPH presents to school board about high juvenile STD cases

The highest number of STDs are in teens 15 to 19 years old. (Source: WALB) The highest number of STDs are in teens 15 to 19 years old. (Source: WALB)
Jaqueline Jenkins is an epidemiologist. (Source: WALB) Jaqueline Jenkins is an epidemiologist. (Source: WALB)
The Georgia Department of Public Health will be present to the school board. (Source: WALB) The Georgia Department of Public Health will be present to the school board. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Dougherty County teens according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

Dougherty County has the second number of newly diagnosed cases in the state. 

The highest number of STD's are in 15 to 19 year olds. 

An action team led by epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins is trying to stop that number from going up. 

She said it is all about educating people. 

Her team is trying to get the school system involved. 

"The younger generation just may not know how prevalent it is and how easy it is to pick up these viruses when you aren't protecting yourself. So our message is about first awareness that we do have a problem with high rates of STD's in Dougherty county," said Jenkins.

Jenkins, along with a representative from Phoebe's Network of Trust will be presenting at the school board meeting tonight. 

That meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

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