STDs are top on the priority list as far as things I plan to cover. Some parents might want to know why my first concern is not “birth control,” or discussing reasons to abstain.
Times have changed since my parents were teens. Times have changed – dramatically – since I was a teen. Sexually active people (no matter what their age) have always put themselves “at risk” for unplanned pregnancies, hence the name “birth control.”
What amazes me is how little is known or discussed about STDs and the prevention of them. Sexually active individuals are more likely to have an STD, pass along an STD unknowingly or contract an STD than they are to conceive a child! This is the reality that young people, in particular, are having to deal with – unfortunately, from first-hand experience.
There have been many reports and discussions in the news about young people engaging in oral sex more often than the “sex” sex that most of us knew as teenagers. Yes, oral sex “existed” then, but there are many young people today who consider themselves virgins (and admit this proudly) even though they’ve participated in oral sex.
Times certainly have changed. With statistics being what they are, this type of ignorance is more dangerous to a person’s health than they realize.
Let’s start to educate ourselves and our children before it’s too late.
Thank you to LOVE IN THE TIME OF HERPES for the inspiration behind this post. And a big thank you hug goes out to the blogger for her dedication to educating readers and allowing those of us who have an STD to “come out of the closet.”