• torn on the subject. i guess it would be good to try to contain it.. but then again you cant sepertae the kids because i can see how that would cause an issue in the school system with the parents.. unless it was a diesese that had a cure then it could be solved in that way.. i think that the schools should offer it with parental conscent that way is something is found the parents cant get mad because they gave permission.. even though they will still get mad lol
  • The problem with testing anyone is false-positives and true-negatives. The first being, they say you got something and in actuality you don't. The second being you don't have std and actually you do. Imagine what the effects to a child could be.
  • My brother's school recently did this and found 27 cases of AIDS virus, you beeter believe that made him think twice about having sex. As a big sister I am grateful for this. However I can see where the controversy lies, as it could be percieved as an infringment of the right to privacy, but at the same time people all over are saying "but somethng has to be done" perhaps a compromise would be to simply offer the test. Not as effective likely, but not nearly as likeyl to haave people up in arms.
  • I don't see a problem with testing...if your kid has something would you rather not know???
  • I don't have a problem with an annual test being required by the school system, but it should be done by the families doctor. Not the school. If a school is collecting stats, the doctor ask what shcool and sends a report. Of the 100 students tested we found 6 kids had this 5 kids had that. The school then could publish a general awarness report. If parents find their kids have something requiring treatment during school, then it could be disclosed to falcaity on a case by case baises. Plus a mass inspection, just makes it easier to spread blood born pathagens.
  • I think someone needs to step up and help these kids out. Most of their parents live in denial. They don't think their little darlings are sexually active or sexually obsessed like "other" teenagers. Take the chastity ring phenomenon sweeping the nation. They actually think it's going to ward off the evil impulses of a hormone riddled teenager. Come on people, tune in. They shield their children from the information they need. They concoct a sexless environment for their children and then they turn them loose in a completely contradictory world.
  • sorry but this is bullshit ... schools are there to Teach and educate BUT it seems for the last 10 to 15 years its the only bloody things they do NOT do , if schools want these tests then send a letter home to the parents to get them done ... it is NOT the schools job
  • I don't think they should be doing it, I think that who ever wants to can release any biological weapons that they want and get away with it and I think that IF the creator of all things did not want you to die from these diseases it could protect you IF it really wanted to because it can do anything and all you have to do is pray and have "FAITH" in that and IF you do die then you did not have enough "FAITH" or you said your prayers wrong and it's all your fault and IF the creator did not want you to have ALL these diseases then you would not get them ... ~Nemo~
  • I think that thisis an excellent idea. If our children are out and having sex at as young as 9 or 10 then yes to lower the chances of STD's this kind of testing is important. HPV, Human papillomavirus, or Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). The virus infects the skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of men and women, including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), and anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum. You cannot see HPV. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. It commonly affects aproximatey 75% of sexually active men and women at some point in their lives. Mainly in our teen years as this is when childen start to experimant sexually. This disease amoung others can cause: Genital warts. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any one time. Cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, 11,070 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the U.S. Other HPV-related cancers are much less common than cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, there will be: •3,460 women diagnosed with vulvar cancer; •2,210 women diagnosed with vaginal and other female genital cancers; •1,250 men diagnosed with penile and other male genital cancers; and •3,050 women and 2,020 men diagnosed with anal cancer. So remember this is only one type of STD the most rampent one affecting our children at this moment. However it is being noted that there is a rise in Syphylis, and Herpes now as well due to the lack of parental teaching. So should we allow for STD testing on our young?? I say yes.
  • I think it is a good idea in itself, but as with most goverment projects the right of privacy is often overlooked for statistics. With the proper parental permission and the proper methods of testing done it could be helpful as teens and even pre-teens do not always think or want to use proper protection. There are just too many STDs out there now that can destroy teens and adults to not require some kind of program. I could see parents being required to have testing done by their family physician every 6 months to remain in class similar to the required innoculations to be in schools.
  • Not a good idea in my opinion. However, requiring testing prior to admission, possibly annually, may not be a bad idea. Also, making it clear that the guardian is solely responsible for any 'situation' that may arise, rather than the school system, that too would not be a bad idea. But school administration in charge of testing for STD's randomly or otherwise...bad idea.
  • I think it's an invasion of privacy and don't support it. If you don't want an STD, be careful about how you behave. There is also the issue of personal responsibility. It isn't the school's job to parent.
  • I don't see why it needs to be done by the school. As some other people mentioned, it's not a bad idea to require testing every so often (1 year or so), but I don't think it should be done at school. Actually, forcing every kid to get tested for an STD when only a few of them have even had sex is a little excessive. My high school just had a bunch of assemblies where they told us to get checked regularly if we were having sex. The thing to remember here is that STDs aren't (hopefully) going to be spread during school hours or on school property, so I'm not sure if this should even be a school concern.
  • It's sad that it had to come to this point, but a necessary evil due to the lack of any other type of supervision in many kid's lives these days.

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