STDs at an All Time High – How Yoni Magic Can Help
In the midst of our crowdfunding efforts to support comprehensive sex education, the CDC has released a report that reemphasizes how much this education is needed. For the sixth consecutive year, reported cases of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report last week. The unfortunate reality is that these diseases are spreading due to a lack of access to important sexual health education. Raul Romaguera, the acting director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention shared, “Less than 20 years ago, gonorrhea rates in the U.S. were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and advances in chlamydia diagnostics made it easier to detect infections. That progress has been lost, due in part to challenges to our public health system."
Together, STDs, like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, accounted for approximately 2.6 million cases in 2019, up from approximately 2.5 million in 2018. Additionally, the report highlights significant disparities in the rates of reported STDs, with more than 55% of reported cases in 2019 occurring among adolescents and young adults 15 to 24 years old. Young people are at a higher risk of contracting these STDs and it’s no surprise why.
Sex education in the U.S is abysmal. Only 17 states require medically accurate information, and only 7 states require topics like consent to be covered. Since 1982, the federal government has spent over $2 billion on Abstinence-only-until-marriage education. Over 20 years of research proves that these programs are not only ineffective, but can even be harmful to young people. When kids don't get proper education from school, they turn to the internet, often getting their 'sex ed' from porn. A 2013 analysis of research from around the world, suggests that anywhere between 43% to 99% of children have seen porn, with first exposure often happening at around 10 to 11 years.
While abstinence-only education highlights the only 100% effective way to avoid STDs, it doesn’t always highlight how to have sex safely and negotiate condom usage and safe sex practices. Not to mention, when kids turn to the internet, specifically porn, for their information, they can see unsafe sex practices and take this as the norm. We know that when kids don’t get the proper, medically accurate information, they become more vulnerable to contracting STDs and the numbers clearly show it. More than half the cases of STD’s are coming from young people, during a time where these cases are at an all-time high, and yet no one is making an effort to help educate youth about the responsibilities and realities of sex.
We have completed writing and illustrating a 10-book series covering all the topics kids usually don’t learn about until it’s too late including: accurate anatomy, consent, periods, how babies are made, LGBTQ+, and more. Until April 28, we are running a crowdfunding campaign so that we can publish and launch the entire series and get it into as many hands as possible. Many parents expect school to handle sex ed, but as you can see above – schools aren’t up to the task. That’s why we are committed to giving parents tools to better educate their kids.
Most kids are growing up unprepared to handle these important and very real parts of life, including how to avoid contracting STDs. But you have an opportunity to help change this right now. When you support our Kickstarter campaign, you are helping to provide families with medically accurate, doctor-approved education.