What this reflects is the years of underfunding for school sex education, that began during the Bush years. And that continues under State Republican administrations. Teachers aren't allowed to tell kids about HIV. In some Red States they can't even speak about gays. All they can teach is abstinence, not the actual causes of STDs, HIV and prevention.
And this Bush legacy continues, especially as more States have come under Republican and Christian fundamentalist control, and have seen slashes to sex education funding.
My husband loves to tell a story from a few years ago, when he overheard a couple of twinks at a local gay bar (Georgie's Alibi, for those who know it).
And one guy was bragging about fucking this guy he met. And his companion asked if he had used a condom.
"I don't have to. AIDS is something only guys over 30 get. That's for old men." (Also confusing HIV with AIDS)
My husband went ballistic, and tapped this kid on his shoulder, to give him a quick education in reality.
To the young man's credit he later bought my husband a drink, thanking him. I hope the information did him some good, but somehow I doubt it.
Young Americans today have no concept of STDs, because the information is forbidden to be taught. And that legacy is gonna live on for decades to come. Even if it's fixed today, there's a whole generation that will always be ignorant and at greater risk.
Unless, of course, they practice Republican-approved total abstinence before monogamous marriage. Yeah, right... Just like their own politicians and preachers do...