Responseto Erica’s Post
Responseto Erica’s Post
Chlamydiais a serious infection that can lead to infertility in women.Preventing its spread is, therefore, a priority among the fertileadolescents and young adults. According to Erica, the solution tocurbing the high rates of chlamydia infection among the adolescentsand young adults is through education. I agree with Erica’s Post,but I challenge the approaches he proposed. Educating the youthsabout the disease causes, symptoms, and preventative measures arenecessary, but who should take the lead?
Ericaproposes a chlamydia health brochure outlining, the causes, symptoms,and preventive measures (CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health,2016). Nobody can ascertain the efficiency of this approach theyouths might be less enthusiastic regarding such materials based onresults of similar trials (Wolff, 2014). Furthermore, Erica suggeststhat, a prevention of secondary infection should be done whenpatients visit the clinic for testing (McKenzie, 2016). In my view, asimilar approach should be applied in preventing primary infection.In that essence, people should be encouraged to go for testing andduring such tastings, individuals or groups should be counseled.
Inmy view, a better approach in primary preventative measures is tobuild collaboration among the parents, community leaders, and theyouths. Every stakeholder should be given a chance to expresses hisor her views regarding the problem. The views should then becorrelated and condensed into the central problem of preventinginfections (CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health,2016). Following the articulation of participants` views, a standardapproach should then be drafted. For example, outreach groupsencompassing all the stakeholders may be formed and charged withresponsibility of spearheading the campaign on the primary chlamydiainfection measures (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2015).
Inconclusion, in my view, a collaborative approach that isincorporating the interests of all stakeholders is better ineducating the youths about chlamydia infections than the efforts ofsocial workers and clinicians alone.
CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health (2016). Local health jurisdiction, STDdata summaries, California, 2015. Retrieved from https://www.cdph.ca.gov/data/statistics/Documents/STD-Data-LHJ-LosAngeles.pd
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Stanhope,M. & Lancaster, J. (2015). Public Health Nursing:Population-centered health care in the community (9th ed.).
Wolff,T.(2014) The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles andEffective Tools for Building Healthy Communities. Jossey-Bass/ JohnWiley.