Friday Tidings
12/11/13 at 10:35 AM 0 Comments

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The group of gossiping, giggling girls pushed open the high school double doors anxious for the weekend freedom.

Their heavy backpacks and purses were shuffled and shifted as they scanned their iPhones. Constant chatter kept them amused, yet one of the girls unknowingly carried an extra burden—a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

She doesn’t have a boyfriend. Her infection probably came from one of those “weekend things” that so many of her peers don’t give a second thought. All she’s thinking about is sleeping in, a movie and hanging out with friends. She’s not thinking that if she has sex she could be sharing her “burden” with someone else.

Sexually active teens tend to have multiple partners and with each encounter STIs have an opportunity to spread.

One in four teen girls have an STI. This silent epidemic is spreading because early-stage STIs have few symptoms. And what you don’t know you have, you don’t know you’re spreading.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 19 million new STI cases are contracted each year and nearly ten million of those are in the 15-24 age group. Public schools are using government-approved curriculum that instructs young teens that “Sex can still feel great with condoms. You can also make sex fun by using condoms.”

Students aren’t being given the truth. Condoms used 100% of the time only reduce the risk of contracting common STIs by 50%. Students should know that chlamydia (which can leave young girls sterile) and herpes (which there is no cure) and gonorrhea (which is increasing becoming resistant to treatment) are real threats.

Casual sex is not victimless. This silent epidemic is infecting MILLIONS of teens and young adults. While it’s easy to blame teens for their promiscuity, we cannot blame them for what they are taught by agenda-driven adults. They deserve to know better. If you know a youth, share the truth.

For more information Medical Institute of Sexual Health

Karen Farris served as an abstinence educator in Washington State. For other articles click here.

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