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'Brother to Brother' uses mentoring to teach high school students sexual education

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Students at a St. Louis High School are using a program to learn more about sexual education.

The program, titled ‘Brother to Brother,’ is all about connecting with kids on a real level and giving them the tools to make smart choices.  The fourth annual event was organized by doctors at Mercy Hospital, members of the ‘100 Black Men,,’ and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

“They can bond they can be mentors for these students and they don’t feel like they are afraid to ask the questions because they see people who look like them who may have had some of the similar experiences as them at their age,” said Mercy Hospital Infectious Disease Dr. Otha Myles.

About 60 boys from Roosevelt High School signed up for the program, where they learned about sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy and domestic violence.

Dr. Myles told News 4 that chlamydia is on the rise in the region, but many young people are also getting diagnosed with HIV. He believes the men who came to speak with the boys are making a difference.

“I think I’ll get all my friends the information they gave us so they can know a little bit about it and be careful out here,” Roosevelt Freshman Vantrell Courtney said.

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