Oregon State Study Finds Communication Is Key in Preventing STDs Among Black Teens

Research has found that Black teenagers in low-income neighborhoods have rates of sexually transmitted diseases that are up to 10 times higher than the rate for White teens.

But a study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University has found that educational and informational programs directed at Black youths can have a significant impact in preventing STDs. The study, published in the journal Research in Human Development, examined where youth got their information on STDs and how the information they received affected their behavior.

The study found that Black teens actually paid attention to information offered by parents, teachers, and other adults on STDs. They found that teens were adept at sorting through often conflicting messages on STDs that they receive from parents, friends, the media, church groups, and medical practitioners.

Other findings included that stressing abstinence at an early age is effective and that young Black women in families that openly discussed sex were less likely than other young Black women to get STDs.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Fayetteville State University Establishes Transfer Agreement with Wake Technical Community College

The new partnership will provide qualified students from Wake Technical Community College with guaranteed admission to Fayetteville State University upon completion of their associate's degree.

Three Black Scholars Taking On New Faculty Positions

The faculty appointments are James Haywood Rolling Jr. at Syracuse University in New York, Elias Towe at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Roderic Pettigrew at Texas A&M University.

Howard University Receives Record-Breaking 36,000 Applicants for Class of 2028

The class of 2028 applicant pool at Howard University increased by 4,000 applications compared to last year's class of 2027. This year, the university's acceptance rate was roughly 31 percent, down five percentage points from last year.

Laquala Dixon Honored by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for Service as HBCU Liaison

A member of the NASPA since 2013, Dr. Dixon was honored with the 2024 Sankofa Award for her commitment and contributions to the organization as the HBCU liaison for the Black Diaspora Knowledge Community.

Featured Jobs