(WMC-TV) – The statistics are staggering: 6 out of every 100 people living in Tennessee have some type of STD.
Sadly many parents don't discuss prevention with their children.
Today health agencies in Memphis had that important talk with hundred of teenagers and parents.
Organizers of the "411 on Sex" Teen Conference say it's time for parents to have a real conversation with their children about sex.
UT Health Science Center Coordinator Pamela Houston says Shelby County has one of the fastest growing STD rates in the U.S.
"We're going to talk to them in a real way on a real level that they can identify with about sexual behavior," said Houston. "For us to be right up there with the national average that's huge," she added. Houston also stated Shelby Countians "make up 25% of all new HIV cases".
The event targets parents and high school students, teaching them about critical issues related to "sexting", human trafficking, pregnancy, and teen dating.
"A lot of them, not all of them have this notion that I have to do it on prom day," stated Houston.
A recent Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior survey showed more than 25% of Memphis students had sexual intercourse with four or more persons during their life.
Anthony Amos with the Shelby County Health Department says that type of activity shows young people are thinking only about the moment and not about their future.
Although the teen conference cannot spread their message to Memphis as a whole, Amos believes it will have a trickle-down effect.
"The hope is that we can pass the message on to enough that they can then pass the message on to others," Amos said.
More than 200 students and their parents attended this year's conference.
Tiara Slater participated in the day-long sex education activities with her mother and was excited to share what she learned.
"Don't let any boys take advantage of you in any situation. Just play it safe ," Slater said.