A good testing program for STDs, free and confidential, is important to avoiding the spread of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, all of which are nasty little bugs to be avoided at all costs. However, what about when it comes to treating minors? The Post has word of a new program in DC Schools to do just that. What’s most interesting to me is that the tests are confidential, even to the parents of the student.
This cuts two ways. You guarantee confidentiality, from parents as well as peers, and you can increase participation. But, by acting in loco parentis, you run the risk of knowing a child is at risk of serious illness without telling their guardians and care-givers. So, where’s the dividing line?