Today, we recognize the importance of teaching our youth the importance of safe sex. We teach sex education in schools and at home, and there are countless books that help parents bring up the topic of safe sex. While it is important that teenagers know how to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, it is also important that adults practice what they teach and have knowledge about staying healthy and practicing safe sex.
The CDC estimates that there are 110 million people in the U.S. with STI’s and there are 20 million new infection cases each year. There are multiple types of STI’s. The most common ones are chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, herpes and HIV. It is important to prevent or treat STI’s because they can cause birth defects, fertility problems, and even death if not treated promptly. Chlamydia often has no symptoms, especially in women, and can cause infertility. The only way to discover some STI’s is to get tested. Half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and that is not just for teens, but adults as well.
The only way to prevent an STI or unplanned pregnancy is to have knowledge, safe sex, and access to preventative measures such as birth control pills and condoms. Rite Medical Clinic offers testing for STI’s, birth control, and counseling. The importance of safe sex is not just for teens. Teens often emulate the behavior of the elders in their lives, so it is vital that adults practice safe sex and put emphasis on staying healthy, so that our teens have good role models.