Heritage Community Services
Rev. Randy Riddle
Dr. Roger Rollins
Darlington School District
Dr. Vera Bailey
Hilton Head Preg. Care Center
Colleton Fire and Rescue
Dr. Vonda Calcutt
Lowcountry Ctr. Diabetes
Sen. Chip Campsen
Rev. Chuck Coward
Ret.Capt. Charleston City Police
Dr. Randy Goings
Lowcountry Pregnancy Center & SC Association Pregnancy Care Centers
Upward Bound at Cof C
Norman L. Moore, Jr.
Comm. for Higher Education
Carolina Pregnancy Center
Marriage Savers of Upstate
Jerry & Barbara Seymour
R& R Marriage Min.
Dr. A. V. Strong
A Better Way, Inc. (Gang Out)
Dr. Robert Thomas
Pastor Phil Thrailkill
St. Luke UMC Hartsville
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
Date February 17, 2011
SC Healthy Family Formation Coalition E-News!
This month, a SC
Dept. of Health (SC DHEC) press
release announced that the number of syphilis cases in 2010
skyrocketed more than 200% in
The only solution offered was…get tested.
For parents already scared-to-death for their teens; why not tell us more?
After making some
calls and digging deeper on the SC
DHEC website, I learned that 100% of the syphilis
cases between January-October 2010 occurred among men (82% were
African American), who have sex with men (
I still do not know which age groups, zip codes or schools are affected. Greenville County was reported to have a similar syphilis/HIV outbreak in 2009.
That’s all I know.
Be sure to get tested… But, ‘getting tested’ won’t prevent you from
Surely these men (and women) KNEW about correct and consistent condom use! After all, condom use has been the default message for almost 30 years, ever since the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 80’s created funding streams to promote so-called Safe Sex,
Truth is, condoms have not turned out to be the panacea for STDs. They are at best 85% effective against HIV, but only when used correctly and consistently. Condoms are only 50% effective at reducing the risks of syphilis (and other skin-to-skin transmitted STDs like HPV, Herpes, and Chlamydia). And, they offer almost no protection for other sexual practices.
Is this enough protection for you?
As a parent, I am offended that this press release was not used to promote abstinence education for the public good. Most reasonable parents want their teens to hear about the benefits of sexual abstinence, an alternative life style choice.
A year after the Heritage Keepers® program,
students in the study were half as likely to initiate
sexual activity as similar non-program students.
At the same time, the Heritage Keepers® program did not interfere with students also hearing about Safe Sex from other sources. So, don’t even think about blaming abstinence education for increases in STDs! If anything, more sexually active students get tested because Heritage Keepers® encourages them to do so.
What if this press release had been about tobacco, alcohol, drugs or obesity?
Scary reports with glaring omissions are just not enough to protect the public.
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The South Carolina Healthy Family Formation Coalition (SC HFF Coalition) is organized and staffed by Heritage Community Services. The SC HFF Coalition promotes child and family well-being by providing opportunities for statewide communication about such issues as: adolescent pregnancy, unwed childbearing, fatherlessness, sexual exploitation of our youth, dating violence and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, gang activity and youth violence.
Coalition members support healthy family formation initiatives that integrate character-based life skills, teen pregnancy prevention with an emphasis on abstinence-centered education, and the importance of fidelity-within-marriage.
we can impact our culture so that forming healthy families becomes a norm,
rather than the exception, for
Please, forward this E-News to interested friends, family and colleagues and ask them to consider joining the Coalition.
Contact Mary McLellan , Statewide Chairman