Safe Sex - Preventing Pregnancy & STD's
STD's - It won't happen to me!
When teens consider having sex
for the first time, or when they think about having sex at all,
their biggest worry is usually unwanted pregnancy.
Birth control is one of the primary concerns for guys and girls
alike, and condoms are often considered for this purpose and this
purpose alone. But of equal concern to the sexually active teen
should be the threat of STDs. Be they serious life threatening
STDs like HIV and Hepatitis or less serious but
equally devastating infections like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, the
reality of sexual contact and STD contraction is not even on the
radar for most teens. Why? With youth making up an ever growing
population of HIV/AIDS sufferers and with the most common STDs
being contracted for the first time before one reaches the age
of 21, shouldn't STD avoidance be on the minds of all teens?
STDs and unwanted pregnancies are not the only thing to worry about from sex. There are
other conditions and diseases that get transmitted from sexual contact, such as crabs. One
increasingly common disease to worry about is molluscum contagiosum. It is a virus that
infects the skin and causes large lesions that can last for two years or more. If you have
been diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum in on your genitals or pubic area, there are different
treatment options available to you.
The first step in protection is
education. Condoms (outer surface barrier
methods) are the only effective contraception in STD prevention.
Both the male and female condoms are effective but do not offer
100% protection from transmission. In fact, only abstinence can
protect you from STDs, and many STDs can be passed in non-sexual
ways, either with body-to-body contact or surface-to-body contact.
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