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How teens are being educated on the subject of sex education as the HIV rate in Duval County increases

9:34 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Though the numbers are sobering, the people who teach teens about the options when it comes to topics including sex said their job is much more important now.

In the teenage years, there are changes -- mental, physical and behavioral.

"We teach students how to avoid risky behaviors. And really the reason for that is that we want them to know their value," said Andrew Cardy with Project SOS. "It includes sex education as well as talking about healthy relationship skills."

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The number of HIV/AIDS cases is up in Duval County, according to the Duval County Health Department.

"I think it impacts the necessity of why we're doing this and the reason why we keep doing it even though our funding has been cut," Cardy said.

They teach thousands of students in North Florida and Southeast Georgia.

"We want them to know they have the ability to say no to it," Cardy said. "So, we do teach about abstinence. We do teach about the importance of making that choice in the long term."

Project SOS not only teaches about abstinence, but they also provide information about safe and best practices when it comes to sex education.

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