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Promiscuity: A Teen-Age Epidemic

By Kingofjason One of every 3 girls has had sex by age 16, 2 out of 3 by age 18. Two of 3 boys have had sex by age 18. In Illinois, 87 out of every 1000 girls will become pregnant between the ages of 15 and 19. Illinois is ranked 31st in the comparison between pregnancy rates in all 50 states. Many people believe that teens nowadays are way too sexually active. Compared to the decades where teens’ parents and grandparents were raised, teens growing up in 2004 seem to be less concerned about the negative consequences of unprotected sexual activity. Teens these days are very commonly referred to as a promiscuous age group. Many teens claim that the reasons for having sex at such a young age include peer and social pressure, it feels good, pressure from partner, already lost virginity so might as well keep going, _expression, rebellion, and curiosity. Not only does unprotected sexual activity lead to teen pregnancy, but it also leads to unwanted sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and AIDS, herpes, and syphilis. Teenagers have a higher rate of contracting Gonorrhea than men and women between the ages of 20 to 44 years old. Every single year, three million teens will contract an STD. That is about one fourth of all sexually active teens. One quarter is a very large portion of teenagers who will be affected the rest of their lives by a disease. Gonorrhea is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases. Females ages 15 to 19 have the highest rate. Experts have estimated that one in four sexually active teens have Chlamydia, but 75% of infected women and 25% of infected men have no symptoms. HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer, affects almost half of all sexually active teens these days. Twenty percent of these cases will eventually recover, but the remaining eighty percent will be affected for the rest of their lives. Somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of all young men and women will become infected with Herpes before they reach adulthood. In one act of unprotected sex with a partner that is infected, a teenage female has a one percent risk of contracting HIV, a thirty percent chance of getting genital herpes, and a fifty percent chance of getting gonorrhea. “I just think that some kids just need to have a little more respect for their bodies and rethink their morals”, said a student at Sullivan High School. Abstinence would be the number one best prevention against teen pregnancy and the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases. For those who feel they need to be sexually active, there are other methods of prevention. Condoms, monogamy, diaphragms, and oral contraceptives are the most popular and effective ways of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
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