Alachua County has the Fourth Highest STD Rates in the State
Alachua County is ranked the 4th highest county for sexually transmitted diseases in Florida specifically among young people.
The data was released by the Florida department of health and STD's are most prevalent among 15 to 24 year olds.
The two most common diseases are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
They conducted a study and from 2008 to 2012 and they learned there were about 85 hundred cases of the diseases in Alachua county.
Officials say teens and young adults are learning about sex from their friends.
Teresa Mercado White is the minority aids coordinator at the Alachua County Health Department and she said, "some people stand around ask who should be teaching this to our young community, we might say schools we may say parents but at the end of the day we have to point fingers at ourselves because as a community each individual has a responsibility,"
White works with 100 high school students who sends text messages to their friends about sexual health to get young people aware of STD's.
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