Planned Parenthood, MTV team up for against STDs
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04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated April as a time to raise public awareness about the impact STDs have on the lives of Americans and the importance of discussing sexual health with health care providers and sexual partners. The CDC estimates there are approximately 19 million new STD cases each year, almost half of them among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

So today in St. Petersburg, Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates announced a nationwide partnership with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation to broadcast messages to young people called “GYT.”

Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, recited a litany of statistics that show Florida among the top states in the country when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, like Chlamydia, gonnorhea and HIV.

Adrienne Kimmell is executive director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. She says one piece of legislation currently being floated in Tallahassee, called the Healthy Teen Act, is being sponsored in the House by Sarasota Democrat Keith Fitzgerald and in the Senate by South Florida’s Ted Deutch.

Planned Parenthood’s Adrienne Kimmell attributes the rise in STDs in recent years to the Bush Administration’s emphasis on teaching abstinence in the schools.

For more information, go to the MTV website devoted to this issue: GYT09.org.

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