What Do You Believe?
Young people get their information about sex and relationships from a variety of sources. These sources often conflict with more traditional ideas about marriage, family, and sexual abstinence. With so many influences bombarding youth today, it is easy to mistake myths about sex with facts. This may create a risk of sexual consequences that can affect both immediate and long term futures. If you have questions about sex, ask someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, or other reliable source. The information is out there and you are taking a gamble with your future if you do not learn the facts and understand the dangers.
There are plenty of reasons to wait to have sex. Each person has his or her own, and what’s important to one person may not be to another. The main point is for you to understand your reasons not to have sex before you enter a commitment of marriage. This website isn’t meant to be a substitute for your parent, grandparent or other adult you trust enough to talk with about topics like sex.
Deciding to become sexually active is a life-altering decision. When you decide to become sexually active outside of marriage, you put yourself – and those you love – at risk for a number of serious consequences.
Try to answer the following questions regarding your health, your life and your future as honestly as possible.
- What are my goals for the next 2 years?
- Where do I see myself in 10 years?
- How can abstaining from sexual activity help me reach my goals?
- Do I believe that “safe sex” does exist outside a marital relationship? Am I truly unable to get an STD, get pregnant, or suffer emotional stress by using a condom, or other forms of birth control?
- Some young people believe that they are mature enough and responsible enough to become sexually active. They may be in a serious relationship and believe that they will marry in the future. If the above scenario describes you, please think about the following questions:
- Have I become well informed about the risk factors involved with being sexually active?
- Do I know the facts and long-term effects of STDs?
- What are my chances of being infected by an STD?
- Do I know the success vs. failure rates of the different forms of birth control?
- Do I know the side effects of using birth control?
- If I become pregnant, or get a girl pregnant, how will this affect my parents and other members of my family?
- Do I know the financial expenses of raising a child?
- Am I able to financially support my child?
- Should I become pregnant, or get a girl pregnant, would I keep my baby or give my baby up for adoption?
- Do I want to be forever connected with the boy or girl I am with now? (What if I have a child with this person, but marry someone else?)
- Is having sex with someone outside of a marital commitment really showing that person how much I love him or her?
- Why do I feel the need to have sex with my partner?
- What are the risks that my baby will face being born to a teen mother or father?
- Would I be able to reach the above stated goals if I was to become infected with an STD or become a teenage parent?
It is an infection or disease passed from person to person through sexual contact. There are more than 26 bacterial and viral sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Since the 1960’s when only two infections (Syphilis and Gonorrhea) were of concern, the problems associated with sexual activity outside of marriage has reached epidemic proportions. The adolescent and young adult age groups (ages 15-24) are most affected.
Bacterial infections are curable when adequately treated. Viral infections are generally incurable but may have symptoms treated as they reoccur. Parasite infections may reoccur with each exposure.
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The primary resource for information in this section has been found on websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.