Monterey County Health Department has stated that they believe why there is a spike in Monterey County is because there is lack of knowledge, awareness and prevention, specifically talking about young adults from ages 14-24. The Monterey County Health Department believe young adults lack knowledge of what is an STD and how serious they are therefore, it is increasing the rates of Sexually transmitted disease. Young Adults are not as aware as they should be of this health issue and by not being fully aware it increase the chances of having a sexually transmitted disease and not taking care of their body causing long-term effects.
Over the years there has not been frequent “hands-on” education about STDs and how it can be reduced and prevented. There are sources where they inform and educate like online information but the young adults from Monterey seem careless to educate themselves more about the issue. This has been a big impact on why Monterey County has a spike as the Monterey County Health department mentioned several times if young adults increase their knowledge, awareness and education of STDs it will substantially decrease. I personally believe that as well but I think it would have a greater effect if professional educators go out to the community and inform specifically on statistics (how rapidly it is increasing), what is an STD, what you can do to prevent and treat. There are organizations that do so but it makes a difference on how often they go out to the community and share their knowledge and facts about the health issue. Maybe considering options like mandatory informative classes for students that can be beneficial to decrease sexually transmitted diseases.