DrJays.com Debate: Should safe sex be promoted to teens?
The controversial Bristol Palin has been called a hypocrite for promoting abstinence
According to a 2007 study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), almost two-thirds of high school seniors are sexually active. The same study showed that 22 percent of those teens have had at lease four partners.
Teen pregnancy rose in 2007, for the first time since 1991, and cases of HIV/AIDS among those ages 15 to 24 more than doubled to 80 cases in 2006-2007.
Females account for majority of STD cases (approximately 3.2 million are infected with at least one), and African American teens have the highest rate.
Scary statistics or what?
Knowing this and all other facts we’ve collected over the years on this topic, do you think schools, parents and society should focus on teaching teens about abstinence, or safe sex?
We’ve heard many different thoughts on this age old topic. Some believe that promoting safe sex is not a good idea, because it’s conveying the message to teens that having sex at such a young age is acceptable.
Others argue that if we keep our teens sheltered from information pertaining to safe sex, we will continue to see rises in STD and teen pregnancy cases.
A post featuring Solange Knowles promoting safe sex got mixed reactions from teenvogue.com readers
What are your thoughts on this touchy topic?