1. Although teenagers and young adults represent only 25% of the sexually active population, 15 to 24 year olds account for nearly half of all STI diagnoses each year.
2. Every day in America, 12,000 teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease.
Resource: Egendorf, Laura, ed. 2007. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. New York, NY: Thompson Gale.
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Being “safe” is usually associated with using protection of some sort. Physically, you might be reducing your chances of pregnancy or STIs, but can it protect you from the emotional, mental or spiritual risk that’s involved in such intimacy with another person?
Are you really willing to take that risk?
There is only ONE way to prevent pregnancy and/or STIs.
1. A condom merely reduces but does not eliminate the risk of an STI/STD.
2. The failure of condoms to protect against STD/HIV transmission usually results from inconsistent or incorrect use, rather than product failure.
Inconsistent or nonuse can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single sex act with an infected partner.
Incorrect use diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage. Incorrect use more commonly entails a failure to use condoms throughout the entire sex act, from start (of sexual contact) to finish (after ejaculation).
#1 Sutton, Amy L., ed. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics.
1. An STI is a germ (virus, parasite or bacteria) that can cause an illness inside a person though they never have any symptoms?
2. Girls are 4 times more likely to contract an STI/STD than she is to become pregnant?
3. People with an STI/STD in the United States is over 65 million. 1 in 2 sexually active people will contract an STI/STD before age 25.
(1, 7) STDs and Pregnancy—CDC Fact Sheet.” Center for Disease Control. January 4, 2008. Accessed: August 23, 2009.
(2) Egendorf, Laura, ed. 2007. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. New York, NY: Thompson Gale.
The Month of April is STD/STI Awareness Month and Heartskeeper wants to do its part!
Education is the way to empower, equip and inform young adults about the dangers of an unhealthy sexual lifestyle.
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