Being a teen is a fun and exciting time. You’re hanging out with friends, having fun, making plans for your future and becoming an independent person. You’re taking the leap from childhood into adulthood and you’ve got a lot going for you.
You don’t want anything getting in the way of your freedom, right?
You’ve probably also noticed that being a teenager means developing sexually. Sex can be a great thing so, it’s no wonder it’s being hyped and talked about everywhere you turn. But some of that talk can be conflicting and confusing. Are you looking for some truths? Do you want to avoid being hurt? Let’s talk about it—your health and your future will be happy you did.
TRUTH: Nope. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) reports that among high school students, only 47.4% of teens have had sexual intercourse. So, most teens are not having sex.
TRUTH: Yep. If you are having sex you are putting yourself at risk. A STD, or Sexually Transmitted Disease, is an infection passed from person to person through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Check out these stats from the Center for Disease Control:
- Young women and men between the ages of 15-24 account for 50% of all people infected with a new STI
- There are a reported 20 MILLION Americans infected with a new STD every year
- Nationally 1 in 4 sexually active teens has or has had a STD
- Some STDs have no cure
BOTTOM LINE: If you have any kind of sex, you are putting your body at risk of contracting a STD. And the more partners you have, the more at risk you are. Read more about STDs here.
TRUTH: Nope. Choosing to not have sex is the only guarantee that you will not get pregnant or get a STD. The fact is that while birth control may reduce your risks of getting pregnant, none of the methods can provide 100% protection against STDs. Read more about STDs here.
TRUTH: Great relationships are based on trust, honesty and respect. Tell your boyfriend/girlfriend how you feel. If they ignore you, or tell you that you can’t stop since you’ve already started, or threaten or pressure you, it’s time to reconsider that relationship. No one should feel forced or talked into sex.
TRUTH: If you want your life to be free from the risk of STDs, pregnancy before marriage, a broken heart, and tons of emotional baggage, then no, it’s not. Save yourself and your body for sex later when you have found the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with. Abstinence until marriage isn’t a thing of the past, it’s true freedom for you and your future.
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If you think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection or disease please get tested.