It’s just Sex! What’s the big deal?

Teens ages 15-24 account for half of all new STD infections in the US.  This is because teens have several factors that increase their risk for contracting an STD.

  • Young women’s bodies and anatomy are more prone to infection with STDs, especially infections without noticeable symptoms.
  • Teens and young people are less likely to have access to or seek regular STD testing and treatment due to lack of transportation or insurance.
  • Many young people are hesitant to speak honestly with a health care provider about their sex lives.
  • Some young people have more than one sex partner.

Parents really can make a difference by building strong relationships and talking with their children often, along with encouraging their kids to practice abstinence and set clear expectations and boundaries for their relationships. These are proven ways we can help prevent teen pregnancy, the spread of STDs, and help ensure that teens live the best lives possible.


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