Recommended Resources


Where can I find more information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HPV and Abstinence (saving sex for marriage) education?

I would highly recommend the book:


Epidemic How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids by Margaret Meeker, M.D.

As a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, Dr. Meekershares the first hand accounts of the consequences of lack of information andmis-information. She has not only spent over 20 years practicing medicine, she is also the mother of four.
(click on the book to order)


Where does Carol stand on the HPV Vaccine?

I would strongly recommend all women consider getting the HPV vaccine.(Please keep checking back for answers to other HPV questions.)


I realize there is concern regarding vaccine testing that the number of young girls (pre-teen/middle school age) has not been very large.I would hope testing and detailed results would continue to be aggressively pursued.This is each family's decision to give the vaccine at a young age or wait a little while (always remembering that the vaccine does nothing to a virus strain that already exists).

I realize parents of young girls do not want to discuss HPV and cervical cancer with their daughters.The age of this discussion will vary with every family and if you are not yet ready to explain Sexaully Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and their consequences, I would explain the HPV vaccine the same way I explained the DPT vaccine."It is a vaccine to keep you from getting sick and it is necessary to go to your school."(I would venture to say that the majority of parents are like me and would be hard pressed to explain the disease names and consequences covered in the DPT or DTAP vaccine which is required numerous times including, I think, once before middle school.)

I would strongly encourage parents of teen age girls to get their daughters vaccinated.Definitely take this opportunity to discuss STDs and strongly explain that this vaccine only prevents 70% of cervical cancer strains of HPV and that condoms do nothing to prevent the other strains causing 29.7% of cervical cancer (because HPV is spread by skin contact - skin not covered by condoms).I would also explain that condoms do nothing to prevent the spread of Herpes (which can be very painful and reduce their ability to have a good sexual relationship with their future spouse).I would also explain (and this part is tough) that anal intercourse spreads all of the major STDs.Emphasize that condoms do nothing to prevent the transmission of the cancer causing HPV and condoms do nothing to prevent the spread of Herpes nor several other STDs (for vaginal or anal intercourse).I would also explain (and this might be the toughest) that all major STDs are spread by oral sex and many can be spread by mutual touching.(Parents:You may think it is tough to talk about this but just keep in mind, being in the hospital with them fighting an incurable virus would be tougher, so hang in there!)

I would strongly recommend any woman who has been sexually active, be tested for the cancer causing strains of HPV (I am not sure if insurance covers these HPV tests or not).If you find you have a cancer causing strain, be sure to get your pap every year and I know some doctors encourage pap tests every 6 months if one of the cancer causing HPV strains has been identified.If you do not have any of the cancer causing strains, and you are not in a faithful monogamous relationship, I would strongly recommend getting the HPV vaccine!)

If there were a vaccine for lung cancer, even though I hope my children would never smoke, I would still vaccinate them because manynon-smokers have died from lung cancer.I (and they) will not be able to control their environment 100% of the time, so I would strongly consider giving cancer prevention vaccinations before any chance of exposure.

If there were a vaccine for lung cancer, even though I hope my children would never smoke, I would still vaccinate them because manynon-smokers have died from lung cancer.I (and they) will not be able to control their environment 100% of the time, so I would strongly consider giving cancer prevention vaccinations before any chance of exposure.

What are some other resources Carol recommends for STD education?

I have been greatly impressed by and have learned a lot of information from WAIT of Columbus, Ohio....

WAIT (Washington AIDS International Teens)

WAIT is a performing arts group that educates youth about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and empowers youth to use their talents to make a difference in the world.


From their website:“1 in 20 people in the (Washington) DC area are infected with HIV.” To learn more, please go to their national website at: http://www.waitteam.org

I have had the honor of watching and getting to know the Columbus, Ohio WAIT Team and they are outstanding!! I would highly recommend them for presentations for your schools, camps, youth groups, etc. They have an amazing energy and brilliant talents that touch youth (and adults) as they deliver important life saving information.

To learn more about presentations in central Ohio,
Please call Aye Jin Masuda (614) 598-3264 or email her at:
mmasuda@earthlink.net

To find groups in other parts of the country, go to WAIT's home site by clicking on logo above
or by going to http://www.waitteam.org

I would also highly recommend David Mahan

An outstanding speaker to consider for your school or youth program
is my friend - David Mahan.


David can be contacted through Club Varsity at:http://www.clubvarsity.org/speaker2.shtml

For excellent materialsto use inthe class room I would highly recommend Project Reality

which can be located at:http://www.projectreality.org/
Project Reality offersmanygreatprograms for the classroomincluding

A.C. Green's Game Planwhich can be accessed directly at: http://www.projectreality.org/about/index.php?id=47


Any of the following web sites offer excellent information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and real life situations for teens and adults:

reallifechoices.com

getTheTruth.net

greattowait.com

abednet.org

freeteens.org


What are some of Carol's other recommended books?
(Click on the books for pricing and delivery information from Amazon.com)



For students getting ready togo to college, this common sense book with lots of advice from real college students is great.  College Survival Guide
 




For an inspirational book (especially for football fans) I would highly recommend:
Miracle in the Making, The Adam Taliaferro Story




Take Back Your Life! - Written by my friend and mentor, Rosemarie Rosetti, this motivational book will touch you and help you discover your inner strength.



Now and Zen - For an entertaining insightful view of life in Japan, I would highly recommend this book by my friend Linda Gerber.

 



To find more info about Linda's other books, including The Finnish Line, go to www.LindaGerber.com



 

 
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