April is STD Awareness Month (#STDMonth), and specifically April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). This is important since 21% of new HIV diagnoses occur in people between the ages of 13-24 years. However, this number is likely low since only 10% of high school students have ever been tested for HIV.Read more
After watching the Surviving R Kelly docuseries on Lifetime, I have many questions. If you haven’t heard about the series, it’s about a successful R&B singer, R. Kelly, and multiple sexual relationships with underage girls. He even married a teenager (she was 15, he was 27). How is that legal? It turns out the papers were forged, specifically lying about the teenage girl’s age, but I digress… So even though that marriage was a sham, underage marriage is not new to the music industry (Jerry Lewis married his 13 year old third cousin in 1958) or to Hollywood (remember the heebie-jeebies you felt when you read that 51 year old actor married 16 year old female?). This caused me to actually look up the marriage laws in the United States and see how common this is. I was shocked.Read more
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and products made from it, including capsules, sprays, lotions, edibles, and “vapes”, have become immensely popular in just a few years and is now sold and marketed to treat a wide range of diseases. Buying products made from CBD oil became legal in Wisconsin for treatment of seizure disorders in 2014 with Lydia’s Law, which expanded to include any medical condition with note from health provider in 2017, and finally available to general public in 2018. But what exactly is being sold and does it really help?Read more
This summer, I had my…ahem…20 year class reunion (Go Fondy!). Just typing that out makes me feel old. I asked my classmates what advice they would give to teens/young adults currently in high school, and I thought I’d share their wisdom with you. Since there were so many responses, and some more colorful than others, I have grouped their responses into themes. And since no one wants to read a 10 page blog, I’ll be presenting 1-2 themes each week. This week’s theme: money.
Class of 1998 Advice: