Sexually transmitted disease
Welcome to this video, part 4 of my 3 part series on Talking to your teens about sex. I felt the need for an additional video discussing Sexually transmitted disease or STD.
In a previous video I mentioned the fact that teens appear to be waiting longer to have sex and more seem to be using some protection, but is that good enough? Absolutely no!
First a young person contacts a sexually transmitted disease once every 8 seconds in the US, that’s 10 million per year approximately. 10% of young people who claim no sexual activity test positive for std’s.
How STD’s spread
One reason STDs spread is because people think they can only be infected if they have sexual intercourse. That’s wrong. A person can get some STDs, like herpes or genital warts, through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore.
Another myth about STDs is that you can’t get them if you have oral or anal sex. That’s also wrong because the viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and anus, as well as the genitals.
STDs also spread easily because you can’t tell whether someone has an infection. In fact, some people with STDs don’t even know that they have them. These people are in danger of passing an infection on to their sex partners without even realizing it.
The first line of defense is education!
So once again as parents what can we do to protect our kids. The first line of defense is education. If we want our children to have our values, our morals then we must teach them ourselves.
Studies show that kids want sex education from their own moms, dads and guardians. But did you know that when you teach your child the facts about sex, your child is:
less likely to have sexual intercourse as a teen
less likely to become pregnant or get someone pregnant as a teen
more likely to talk to you about other important issues in their life.
The time to start talking is now!
As I said in a previous video, the time to start talking is today even if your kids are preschool. Again I have seen articles where the advice was, if you are too embarrassed to have the talk yourself, ask a doctor or clergyman or someone else to do it”. No! You do it! If you are embarrassed say, “I am embarrassed” and do it anyway. Your child’s life may depend on you. So it’s time to start talking. For an excellent guide on “How to have the sex talk at any age” see the website by Jennifer Wolf, “About Single Parents.com” I have provided a link to this site and many more valuable resources in my written blog which can be found at singleparenting.us
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