The Uninspired Manifesto
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sexual diseases flourish in Mobile County
Last year in Mobile County, 4,629 new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported -- enough instances of the sexually transmitted diseases to account for one out of every 87 people, according to a Press-Register review of state and federal statistics.
That was about three times the rate in New York City and more than twice as high as Washington, D.C.
A lack of education weighs heavily on a county's rate, health officials said.
In Alabama public schools, students are taught abstinence-based sex education as part of a half credit of health education in high school. Students learn that "abstinence is the only protection against pregnancy, HIV/AIDs and STDs," said state Department of Education spokeswoman Edith Parten.
The subject of condoms, under the state course of study guidelines, is not broached, she said.
This is just a guess, but I'm willing to bet the population of Mobile County is no where near that of either Washington D.C. or New York City.