Is there some viable reason why Americans refuse to talk to their children about sex? Before you jump up and answer, the key word in the sentence is in italics. Click it if you do not know what it means, definition 3.
- Young people aged 13–24 made up about 17% of all those who received a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in 2008.
- Although 15–24-year-olds represent only one-quarter (1/4) of the sexually active population, they account for 9.1 million (nearly 1/2) of the 18.9 million new cases of STIs each year.
- 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned; they account for about 1/5 of all (including adults) unintended pregnancies annually.
- 19% of teen pregnancies are for a second (or higher) child.
- Fewer than 2% of teens who have a baby before age 18 attain a college degree by age 30.
- Most female teens report they would be very upset (58%) or a little upset (29%) if they got pregnant.
- Boys, not so much: would be very upset (47%) or a little upset (34%) if they got a female pregnant.
Did you take the test this morning? How did you score? As a parent, you must get over your hangups and talk to your children.
Now, this is the part of the blog where you expect me to get preachy and tell you all the things you are not supposed to do. Wrong.
I am far more interested in what you have to say before I spout off with what I think you do not know. (Yes, I read what I write.)
Don’t groan. You should have known there would be a test…eventually.
Tell me what you want to know. If your question is not here, give me something in the comments I have not thought to list! I want to hear from you.
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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