A telling statistic about teenage sexuality in America.
At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.
A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls — nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
About half of the girls acknowledged ever having sex; among them, the rate was 40 percent.
Fact is, “safe sex,” (i.e. using condoms) fails to prevent many types of STDs, even when used properly, which isn’t always the case among teens. Most sex education underemphasizes the risk of infection any sexual activity (safe or otherwise) carries with it.
Many educators and health professionals are extra eager to avoid any fundamentalist-sounding talk. Teen abstinence is something many of them consider unrealistic. But the fact is, sex is never completely safe. We do teens a dangerous diservice if we tell them otherwise.