Abstinence And STD Prevention
ago. New problems keep appearing in today?s world, such as STDs, increased pregnancy
rates, and other factors facing teens who choose to have sex. Emotionally and physically
teens and getting less developed before having sex and are not prepared for the serious
problems which come along with their decision to have sex. No longer is it a matter
problems facing today?s world, abstinence is the only way to protect ourselves.
Abstinence is a safe choice in preventing the possibility of pregnancy. One-tenth of
young women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant every year, 83 percent of these
pregnancies are unwanted or unplanned. Half of the unmarried teens who get pregnant do
childbearing increased by 16 percent. What?s worse, pregnant teenagers often don?t see a
doctor until the time of delivery.
Another serious problem surrounding teen sexual intercourse is the
teens are infected with STDs. Among 14- to 20-year-olds, chlamydia is the most
common. It has no obvious symptoms, and can cause infertility if left untreated.
genitals. Its symptoms can be managed, but not cured. Fifteen percent of all teenage
uncommon in teens, is known to cause pelvic pain, discharge, and painful urination. It
death. It can also harm an unborn child. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
is a growing danger, and is by far the most serious sexually transmitted disease.
AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Cases among
teens have grown 62 percent in the past two years, and the number of teens with AIDS
doubles every 14 months. A fifth of all AIDS victims in this country today are in their
twenties, and since the disease takes two to ten years to develop, those victims contracted
it in their teenage years. Even scarier is that, according to a study of 19 universities, one
easy to see why many teens are choosing not to have sex. Many bold teenagers think
control is not always dependable.
Although sex my bring appeal to our generation, the best way to prevent teen
pregnancy and STD?s is by practicing abstinence. Hopefully before any more people are
practicing abstinence is the best way to go.