Education! According to a recent Reuters report in the New York Times, the United States has among the highest rates of STDs of any developed country in the world. The highly treatable infections, such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, continue to spread.
Parents can be a huge factor in stopping the spread of STDs among their adolescents by talking to them about healthy sexual relationships and safe sex. The first step is being educated themselves and also being engaged with the health and sex education their adolescent is receiving in school.