HEALTH officials have warned of an STD epidemic among schoolies as sales of the morning-after pill spike following the first weekend of celebrations.
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This article, posted by the Courier Mail and written by Jeremy Pierce tells of the authorities predictions for Schoolies week for Queenslanders as sales of the morning-after pill spiked following its first weekend of celebrations. Authorities became aware that due to the morning-after pill’s high sales, the threat of STD’s emerges. From exploring this topic in class, I found that the morning-after pill is indeed a form of an emergency contraception and should only be used as the last resort. Authorities, as well as myself, find it irrational that these graduates have chosen to avoid using a condom for the Schoolies week. Knowledge attained from class booklets led me to understand that not using a condom would allow for the contraction of STD’s such as HIV/AIDS. Young people are making themselves vulnerable to diseases by taking part in reckless behaviours. The writer refers to this as the ‘STD epidemic’ due to the fact that participants in sexual activity, relying on the morning-after pill, are increasingly susceptible to these diseases, with some being life-long or detrimental to fertility (Chlamydia). From reading this, I asked myself-why exactly are these people choosing to rely on the morning-after pill when there are easier contraceptive methods such as the use of condoms? My train of thought led me back to a class discussion and research I carried out previously, regarding avoiding condoms. People choose to avoid condoms, particularly young adults purely because they feel it is a more pleasurable experience without the rubber sheath. The unfortunate reality is that these people are often incognisant that STD’s can still be contracted. Monash IVF Senior Fertility Specialist Dr Kee Ong recognises that the last thing these schoolies are concerned about is STDs and their future fertility. However, this is a incredibly real and serious health issue. I was interested to read that the national rate of Chlamydia has more than tripled in the past decade which means that action must be taken as it is the young people of Australia who are contributing to these rising numbers. I found this report particularly constructive in my investigation into STD’s and it’s rising effects. The article’s unbiased, accurate information supported by recent events which paint a larger picture reflecting a nation-wide dilemma; was certainly a creditable read.