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carolyn

Is waiting just a personal/lifestyle choice

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I'm thinking that society pays a huge cost for pre marital sex

- treatment of STDs

- unwanted pregnancies and the abortions that follow.

Here in England one MP said 'Too many young girls are absorbing from the popular culture around them that they only have value as sex objects. Inevitably they act this notion out. ‘The rising numbers of girls having under-age sex is alarming. It is not a cost-free phenomenon. It poses public health policy challenges and social challenges. The underlying cause must be the pornification of British culture and the increasing sexualisation of pre-adolescent girls.’

 

in fact

27 per cent of 16 to 24 year-olds were 15 or under when they had sex for the first time.
One in eight have already had sex with at least ten different partners and one in seven girls aged 16 to 24 who had lost their virginity had caught a sexually transmitted infection at least once.

 

So does society have a stake in this issue too (yes IMO). Is so what can be done about it?

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I can't speak to the UK, but the Guttmacher Institute has a handy fact sheet of statistics on teenage sexual behaviors. They compare several modern statistics to past statistics. Age of first sexual experience is older, contraceptive use is more common, teen pregnancy is less common. All very encouraging trends.

 

While teens make up a disproportionate  number of new STD infections, HPV is the most common STD transmitted. Most people who get HPV don't have any symptoms or health problems. Source

 

Comprehensive sexual education in public schools and access to contraception are the best ways to reduce unintended pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. This fact sheet is an excellent resource on the positive outcomes of comprehensive sexual education. It cites multiple studies.

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Personally, I think the stigma surrounding STDs is a huge problem. No one has a problem if you get herpes from sharing a drink with your BFF, or if you get the flu because you ate without washing your hands, but somehow getting an STD means you're "tainted" forever, even though most of them are completely curable and don't have long-term ill effects if caught early. STDs don't have to be the end of the world, but the stigma leads people to avoid getting timely treatment, making them much worse and helping to further their spread. As well, unwanted pregnancies and abortions can happen within the context of marriage too.

 

However, on a personal level, I would like to see our culture begin to value, at the very least, saving sex for committed loving relationships, and to get over its obsession with sex in general. It seems like sex is used to sell pretty much every product imaginable now. That kind of grosses me out. As well, I don't think it is good to teen-aged girls to be as heavily sexualized as they are right now. I was a girl who had a C-cup by the time I was 10 years old, and it was definitely not a fun time in my life due to our current culture.

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I've always said that so many issues in life could be prevented if everyone respected sex.  I get tired of hearing so many cases of stuff like STDs, unwanted pregnancies, and other related drama showing up, all because people couldn't keep it in the pants.

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