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Are you being safe?

Some of you might know of a program called 'Secrets' that visited Foothill. If not, 'Secrets' is a program hosted by Kaiser Permanente aiming to inform young people of the dangers of unprotected sex.

The program has actors that go to different schools and perform an hour long play hoping to improve students' sexual education.

It was explained that even if you think you're having safe sex, think again. The only way you are guaranteed to be safe from HIV, AIDS, and any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is to be 100% abstinent. The play demonstrated that even sharing a needle could cause you to get a disease if the other person is infected.

But explaining diseases and infections isn't all that the program tells you.
"We want to provide the facts so students are empowered to make healthier decisions for their own lives," explained the program coordinator, Hannah Cordero.

In addition to telling you how easy it is to get tested for infections, the actors went through and showed ways you could get help, if you were unfortunate enough to have any sort of infection, they spoke of help hotlines and groups that know what you're going through and can support you.

Sophomore David Taylor shared why he liked the play: "I think the 'Secrets' assembly was beneficial for everyone because I think the majority of students don't have a full understanding of all the STIs."



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