In 2005, the city started an education and testing program to help STD-infected high school students, but kids today just can't seem to get enough of these STDs, and now statistics suggest that more students are infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea than when the program started. Nearly 6 percent of the 11,410 teens who submitted voluntary confidential urine samples during the past school year tested positive for one of those two infections. While that percentage is lower than the 2007-08 school year (when 7.3 percent tested positive) it's still up from 2006-07, when the infection rate among a smaller sample of students was just 4.8 percent.
*School year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year (e.g. For 2006-07 time period would be July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007) Courtesy NYC Health Dept.
The testing and education program that the city employs to combat STDs costs about $900,000 a year, officials tell the Post. The program, which includes sex-ed, is voluntary, and last year reached an estimated 24,000 high-schoolers. Some, like the NYCLU's Reproductive Rights Project, argue that all students should be taught a mandatory sex-education curriculum. But if teens find out about sex, will they still wait until marriage?