College isn’t cheap or an easy process to complete. It’s grueling and challenges students in many different ways. Getting a college degree is a real accomplishment in 2013 because so many people don’t have the opportunity to attend university. But, it’s unfortunate to know that people are now more likely to get an STD than a college degree.
The statistics on STDs
In 2008 there were 19.7 million new cases of patients with STDs. Of those cases, 10 million were seen in patients 15 to 24-years-old, putting the main college demographic right in the middle of the mess. With just over 1,500,000 students getting their bachelor’s degree, new STD cases outnumbered degrees 6-to-1.
What does this say about us?
Some would argue that having sex is proving to be more important than achieving a college degree, and they may have a good point. We, however, think a little bit differently. College degrees take four years or more to achieve, sometimes a little bit less than that. While college students are on their journey to get their diploma, they have many opportunities to have sex. That very clearly doesn’t take four years.
Also, you have to look at the 15 to 22-year-olds who won’t get college degrees but are having sex. It’s not to say they won’t get degrees, they just won’t get them the year they’re diagnosed.
Priorities and Choices
College degrees are important, but this isn’t a question of priorities. It’s a matter of choices. If you choose to have sex, know the risks. Always practice safe sex. Always let your partner know if you have an STD or have been treated for them in the past. And we can’t stress this enough — If you’re having sex regularly or with different partners, get tested regularly!
If you’re a college student, best of luck on your way to getting that degree.