STD's Today

Let's talk Truth. Risky behaviors can really mess up our futures and keep us from reaching our North Star. There are a lot of emotional consequences to having sex too soon, but now let's talk about physical consequences. Some of this stuff is pretty extreme. Hopefully it will scare your pants ON... 

STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. These diseases are sometimes known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). An STD is any disease that is passed by body fluids during vaginal, anal or oral sex. These fluids include semen (cum), vaginal fluids (the wetness in the vagina) and blood. But, an STD can also be spread by contact with the skin of the genital or anal area if infection is present. It can also be spread by contact inside of the mouth during oral sex.

SEX ED 101 says "Don't just guess. Educate yourself." 

 

That’s right.  Many STDs have no symptoms – No visible signs.   Many times there is no way to tell if your sexual partner or potential sexual partner has an STD. 

Ask how many kids at your school are pregnant, and you could probably name them. But ask how many have an STD... you wouldn't have a clue. STDs can be painless and invisible but if left untreated may cause serious health problems.  And that's one of many, many MANY, reasons to abstain from sex until marriage.  

Don't bet your future — and your life — on a guess. If you are sexually active you may be at risk for STDs. 

Am I at risk for STDs?

Many teens have sex and use protection against pregnancy, but this does not always protect against an STD.  
Approximately one in five adults in the United States has an STD.  It is estimated that 19 million STD infections occur annually, almost half of them occur among adolescents ages 15-24.  This means one in four sexually active teenagers has an STD. 

Remember, when you have sexual intercourse with someone, you are potentially exposed to STDs from everyone they've had sex with before you.  If you are sexually active, you may be at risk for STDs.  Get tested!

The only 100% way to protect yourself from an STD is to remain abstinent until marriage, and stay faithful in marriage. 

For a more detail description of an STD, select the Center of Disease Control (CDC) website :http://www.cdc.gov/std/HealthComm/fact_sheets.htm

DID YOU KNOW...
Approximately 20% of sexually active teens acquire a new STD every year.