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As the rate of sexually transmitted diseases continues to climb, communities across the country are talking about ways to slow the increase. In particular, local officials are talking about bringing HIV testing and other preventative measure to schools, which at times may stir controversy.
For example, the School Board of the city of Rochester, New York is currently considering making condoms available in schools, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The move comes as the HIV rate among teens continues to rise. Some adolescents as young at 13 have received positive HIV tests.
"I don't think we have time to wait," said Malik Evans, the school board president, according to the news source. "We do have a serious, serious problem around HIV and sexually transmitted infections."
The city has previously led efforts to increase the availability of HIV testing for students. However, initiatives like these have prompted outrage among some parents, who say that they encourage sexual activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that HIV testing is one of the most effective ways for stopping the spread of the infection.
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