Racine fights teen STD rates

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Racine fights teen STD rates

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Sep 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 17, 2013

RACINE - Racine County is among the most prevalent places in the state for teens with STDs. Figures from the state health department rank Racine County as third in Wisconsin for STDs among teens.

According to the Racine County Health Department, the most prevalent STD among students in Racine County is chlamydia.
The Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency held a meeting to answer parents' questions Tuesday night. Armintta Franklin, who's helping to raise her 15-year-old nephew, planned to attend the meeting at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center.  "And it's very frustrating as a parent because a lot of times you look at what did I do wrong?" questioned Franklin.
Samanthy Perry with the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency helped to organize the event. She says besides keeping the lines of communication open with teens, it's important to also take them to see a doctor once a year. Perry wasn't sure whether parents should advocate the use of condoms with their children, or whether that was in essence giving out a mixed message.  She also says it's unclear whether teens will even listen to what their parents have to say.
Outside one Racine high school Tuesday afternoon, students were visiting with each other during their open-campus lunch time.
Justin Weitkum, a senior, said he already heard that Racine County teens have an STD problem. "It's everywhere you know, really. People hide it and don't really tell people. No one ever tells the truth anymore about what's there, if they got it or not," said Weitkum.
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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.