In this blog, you will probably have second thoughts about making choices that might affect you in your later years in life. It contains information that is effecting teen’s age 12-19. Hopefully, this blog will change some of the lives of these young people and have them realize that having sex at a young age can affect them physically, emotionally, and financially.
My issue on this project is teen sex and STD's. I strongly believe that in today's day and age, teen sex has become overrated. To some teenagers, it has become the "norm" to have sex. I am really passionate about this topic and I strongly believe that it's a topic that needs to be addressed to children and especially parents whether they have children or not.
STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Disease) are another important issue that are killing the lives of these children. Children as young as 15 are diagnosed with at least one STD. Some even have more than one. Unfortunately, the majority of teens don’t even know that they are walking around these streets with it.
Stats on Teen Sex:
- Most sexually active females that are 15-19 years old have partners who are the same age or 1-3 years older (74%). 25% of girls’ partners were 4 or more years older. ·
- In 2002, 11% of males and females aged 15-19 has had anal sex with someone of the opposite sex.
- In 2002, 55% of males and 54% of female’s aged 15-19 had engaged in oral sex with someone of the opposite sex.
· In 2002, 12% of all pregnancies, or 757,000, occurred among adolescents aged 15-19.
· In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 13-24 in the 33 states reporting to CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, representing about 14% of the persons diagnosed that year.
· In 2009, 46% of high school students had ever had sexual intercourse, and 14% of high school students had had four or more sex partners during their life.
· In 2009, 34% of currently sexually active high school students did not use a condom during last sexual intercourse.
Stats on STD’s:
Of the 12 million cases, 3 million cases of STD’s are among teenagers. About 13 percent of youth ages 13 to 19 contract an STD each year. The most common STD’s that youth contract are Chlamydia, HPV, Herpes, HIV/AIDS, and Gonorrhea, to name a few.
One in four teenage girls in the U.S. has an STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Wisconsin, the rate of four of the most commonly reported STDs among teens jumped 53 percent between 1997 and 2007. Females and minorities, especially African-Americans, have been hit hard.
I wonder if teens do this for the attention or if they do it because of peer pressure. I also wonder why teens don’t take a stand in what they know is right.
My plan moving forward, is to continue to do more research on teen sex and study STD’s and how they effect the human body.