Very often teens are sent the message that the main reason to stay abstinent is to avoid teen pregnancy. This is a good reason not to have sex but parents leave out the crucial discussion of sexually transmitted diseases along with all of the emotional issues surrounding sexual interaction.
- In a study in 2007, 48% of high school students had had sexual intercourse and 15% said they had four or more partners in their lifetimes.
- 39% of teens that are currently sexually active did not use the safety precaution of a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.
- In 2002, 11% of teens ages 15 to 19 had participated in anal sex with a person of the opposite sex. 55% of boys and 54% of girls ages 15-19 had engaged in oral sex with someone of the opposite sex.
- 2006 – approximately 5,259 teens ages 13-24 in 33 states reporting to the CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. This means 14% of all people diagnosed each year are between 13 and 24 years of age.
- Every single year, about 19 million new STD infections are diagnosed and about half of those are in youth ages 15 to 24 years of age.
- Back in 2002 12% of all pregnancies were in teens ages 15 to 19. This is about 757,000 teen pregnancies in one year.