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Marty, I think it’s time we had the talk

Illinois law doesn't require schools to have sexual education.

Illinois law doesn't require schools to have sexual education.

Graphic by Emmanuelle Copeland

Illinois law doesn't require schools to have sexual education.

Graphic by Emmanuelle Copeland

Graphic by Emmanuelle Copeland

Illinois law doesn't require schools to have sexual education.

Marty, I think it’s time we had the talk

According to the Dupage County Health Department, there was a 226% increase in chlamydia, a 425% increase in syphilis and a 50% increase in gonorrhea in DuPage County from 2000 to 2015. This increase in STD prevalence could be due to a variety of factors, but one potential cause could be the way our community teaches sexual health and practices. And with over half of new infections of STDs being attributed to 15 to 24-year-olds and our youth’s future at hand, sexual health awareness at an early age is a topic of great intrigue.

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