Effective 03/18/2020, Prevention and Health Communications will offer limited services. Staff will still answer department phones.
June 27, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV. For people with diagnosed HIV, testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV.
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, an annual occasion to encourage people to get an HIV test. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Program provides technical assistance, health education, and promotional efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Wicomico County. Several community based initiatives are designed to affect teen pregnancy using Abstinence and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents and community groups which are funded by the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) and the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).
Adolescent Health presentation topics offered, but not limited to the following:
- Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships
- Human Reproduction
- Making Wise Decisions (Risky Behaviors)
- Personal Hygiene
- Refusal Skills
- Self Esteem
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Communication tips for Talking with Teenagers about Sexuality Issues
Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Promoting Health Among Teens- Abstinence:
An after school health and social club for middle school females in Bennett Middle School, Salisbury Middle School, and Wicomico Middle School. The GEMS program emphasizes abstinence from sex, drugs,and alcohol, and helps girls to develop responsible behavior, self esteem, and confidence.
Personal Responsibility and Education Program
PREP is a twelve session safer sex and abstinence intervention for males and females ages 12-19. Adult preparation topics such as healthy relationships, financial literacy, and career/educational success are taught as well.
Wicomico County is ranked 9th in the state of Maryland for teen births to girls between the ages of 15-19. (2018 data)
- Nearly 1/4 of teen mothers become pregnant with their second child within 24 months;
- Daughters of teen mothers are 3 times as likely to become a teen mom themselves;
- Sons of teen moms are twice as likely to end up in prison;
- Only 40% of teen mothers finish high school while the other 60% are forced to dropout to care for their children.