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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Lake County Health Department Will Offer Sexual Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Program Targeted Toward Youth

Monday, March 12, 2012
Media contact:  Sheri Hutchinson, Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424, x 2264
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The Lake County Health Department Will Offer Sexual Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Program Targeted Toward Youth

Umatilla - A Comprehensive Risk Reduction Strategy, Sexual Health and Risk Prevention Program or SHARP is scheduled to begin at Umatilla Health Center on Wednesday March 14th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  SHARP, is a two session preconception educational curriculum focusing on sexual health and risk prevention.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends group based comprehensive risk reduction delivered to adolescents and adults to promote behaviors that prevent or reduce the risks of pregnancy, HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).  Session topics include issues such as responsible behaviors, relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention. 

In Florida, one in twenty sexually active youth (age 14 – 18) has a reportable STI.  Three out of every four reported STIs are in residents under the age of 25.  The disparate levels of STIs in youth state-wide are reflected in Lake County, where 69% of all reported STIs are in those 15 – 24 years of age.  Currently, this age group accounts for 72% of all Chlamydia cases, 65% of all gonorrhea cases and 34% of all syphilis cases in Lake County.  These numbers are especially completing when considering that less than 10% of Lake County residents are in this age group.  SHARP is anticipated to have positive impact locally though changes in knowledge, behavior and change in client health outcomes for family planning clients. 

Registration is required and the sessions are offered at no cost to residents.  Participants may self enroll or be referred from other community programs.  The program is made possible due to grant funding provided by the March of Dimes. 

For more information or to register please call 352-771-5553 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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