Sex & Health
Sex can impact your life and there is a great deal to consider in deciding when or if you want to “go all the way”. Be informed so you can make the best decision when the time comes. Not only for today, but for your future…
- There are almost 19 million new cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) a year and half of these cases are found in 15-24 year olds. This age group makes up 25% of the sexually active population.
- 1 in 4 college students will acquire an STD before graduation.
- 1 out of 6 Americans (14-49 years of age) has genital herpes. Only a third of individuals with the virus know they are infected and an uninfected person has a 75% chance of contracting genital herpes during intimate contact with another person actively shedding the virus.
- Left untreated, 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to damage of the uterus, fallopian tubes, surrounding tissues, and potentially infertility.
- Almost half of all pregnancies among American women are unplanned and unintended. Four in 10 unintended pregnancies results in abortion and 20-24 year old women make up 33% of that ratio.
Unplanned pregnancy and getting an STD can be scary things. Life Line has trained staff and volunteers ready to talk with you if you need us. In the meantime, it’s okay to wait…
Postponing sex until marriage will help keep you STD free and free from untimely pregnancies.
1) Medical Institute for Sexual Health. (2008). How many people in the US are infected
with an STI? Are many of those infected people are adolescents? Retrieved from http://www.medinstitute.org/public/122.cfm
2) Rutgers, The State University of NJ. (2009). Sexually transmitted infections. Retrieved
3) Center For Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, March 3). Genital herpes - CDC
fact sheet. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm#common
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5) Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, May 12). Infertility & STDs.
Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/infertility/default.htm
6) Guttmacher Institute. (2010). In brief: facts on induced abortion in the United States.
Retrieved from http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html