Sexual Education Embraces Modern Technology Encouraging More Alaskans to "Wrap It Up"

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by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE - After a slow decline in sexually transmitted diseases across the state, the number of reported cases are on the rise,"We've had a little dip in case numbers and case counts, but we can't get excited about that because at the end of 2012 the numbers for gonorrhea and chlamydia creept up and it has continued to creep up in the first quarter of 2013," said Susan Jones HIV/STD program manager with the state's epidemiology department.

     In an attempt to combat the increasing numbers, several Alaskan health based organizations have launched the "wrap it up AK" campaign. A campaign designed to utilize modern day technology to make health and sex education convenient for the target audience.

     Alaskans from the ages 15-25 years old are the most at risk for catching STD's, according to Jones. The new campaign is using social media to have more people talking, "we are trying every avenue to reach especially young people to educate them about not just std's but also about healthy relationships," said Connie Jessen with the Alaska Native Tribal  Health Consortium,

     "Theres a lot of different designs that are suppose to be engaging, and funny and get people interested in talking," said Jessen of the Alaskan themed condoms that are only a small part of the campaign. Through the I Know Mine website, individuals are able to order kits for STD testing at home, as well as use a text messaging service to text any health based questions.