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Theatrical production targets sexually transmitted diseases in schools

FILE -- A Kern County Public Health poster shows statistics about the state of sexually transmitted diseases in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

There were 28 cases locally of congenital syphilis, where six of those resulted in death, in 2015. That statistic, among others, is the reason why Kaiser Permanente is using a unique method to warn teens.

Kaiser debuted a production entitled, " What Goes Around," a play that teaches young adults about the dangers of unsafe sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

"It is an attempt to engage young people in understanding what they are at risk for with sexually transmitted diseases," said David Womack with Kaiser Permanente.

The production is currently in school districts throughout Southern California. If the play is brought to Kern County high schools, it would be presented at no cost to the district.

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