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Test Time! High School to Offer Free Pregnancy, STD Tests

In addition to math, science, and English exams, a New York high school is offering its students an even greater variety of tests: they will now have access to free and confidential pregnancy and STD tests.

Officials at Port Chester High School say they just want to offer students comprehensive health services. The school's clinic, run by Open Door, already offers immunizations, physicals, and vision and hearing tests. But some parents worry that the confidential nature of the STD and pregnancy tests will cut them out of their children's important health decisions. And the president of the school board, who opposes the plan, says it will turn the school into a quasi-maternity clinic.

Do you think it's a good idea?

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ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
wow. This amazes me in a not so good way. I mean, I'm sure it is a good choice and step to take now a days, but if this happened back when I was in HS? i would probably be terrified (to contract stds) and still take my cootie shots. Hopefully kids will wise up and learn to protect themselves.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
I'm glad this is happening in my state. This is great and can help teach kids the importance of getting tested for STDs. It'll help teach them the importance of safe sex and provide a safe haven for those afraid to reach out to their parents.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Also, in regards to "some parents worry that the confidential nature of the STD and pregnancy tests will cut them out of their children's important health decisions"- if they're not asking you to buy them a pregnancy test and are electing to go to a confidential source, YOU'RE ALREADY OUT OF THE LOOP.
sham28 sham28 8 years
F* yeah it's a good idea!!!! You think Suzie is better off not knowing she's pregnant/ has an STD or having to go farther out of her way to find out? It's been 5 years since I was in high school but I seem to remember kids being stupid. You have to smack them in the face with education!
sarah-lynn sarah-lynn 8 years
I see how in the school community this could spark a variety of rumors, however anything of this nature is easily found out "through the grapevine" in high school. This is just another option for teenagers. If they feel more comfortable, they can still go to an anonymous clinic. Hopefully more than anything having the clinic in the school will raise awareness for testing within teenagers.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no. come on, high schools can't even handle the basics. and it won't be confidential, nothing in high school ever is. then parents will blame the school, blah-blah-blah. this is how it will go down. 1) Emily goes to the school clinic. 2) Brittney sees Emily go and tells her mom. 3) Brittney's mom tells entire PTA. 4) Emily is rumored to have an STD and an abortion. 5) All Emily needed was a tampon. school's are gossip factories; this is a bad idea.
bellavita214 bellavita214 8 years
Its about time! Too much information about sexual health has already been taken out of schools already. I don't see how knowledge and early detection could ever be misconstrued as a bad thing.
Sarahrob Sarahrob 8 years
I think this is great because teenagers are afraid to go to their parents, and sometimes lack the ability to go to clinics or stores where they can purchase these products, and some have parents that would over react to just seeing that they are taking these tests. These are prevention tests and a test to see if you are pregnant, not prenatal or daycare. It will not turn into maternal care.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Sounds good to me
margokhal margokhal 8 years
It's not like they're providing prenatal care, allowing teens to give birth at the school, or are providing childcare for those children, so I don't think it will turn it into a maternity clinic. However, I still have some personal reservations about offering pregnancy tests. I'd feel really weird going to get one at school. STD tests - no problem, most definitely they should be offered. (Maybe that's a bit odd, but just how I feel about it)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
They are only offering pregnancy and STD TESTing, not providing treatment, so I fail to see how this turns the school into a "maternity clinic".
Beauty Beauty 8 years
This seems pretty smart to me. We all know that some teenagers are having sex. Giving them a safe place to handle their sexual health needs seems smart. I'd rather my teenage niece get tested there than not get tested at all.
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