Kristie A. Klusaw
A research paper for:
English 130, Period 1
Religion 103 A, Period 2
February 8, 2002
Premarital sex is a huge problem in society today; the numbers are staggering. "Among Americans who have been married, a raging ninety- three percent of men, and eighty percent of women (between ages eighteen and fifty-four) have lost their virginity before their honeymoon" (Hjelle). Teens everywhere are not waiting until they are married to have sex. "Teenagers are saying, ‘sex is fun’ and ‘everybody is doing it’" (Dave). Teens are less developed, emotionally and physically before having sex, and they are not prepared for the serious problems that come along with their decision to have sex. There are always consequences when a teenager chooses to have sex. "Teenagers, according to some polls, view premarital sex as acceptable as long as ‘two people love each other’" (Hjelle). If at age sixteen a teenager tells a parent or someone older that they are in love, the parent will laugh and say that no teenager at sixteen has experienced true love. Love is something one experiences when one is mature and ready for a life-long commitment, not when one is involved in a two-year high school crush. "Premarital sex is based on selfishness, not on love" (Hjelle). If one has passionate feelings for someone, one may feel the need to have intercourse with that person. Teens need to open their eyes and see the harmful effects of premarital sex. "Premarital sex hurts you (sic), running the risk of getting diseases and it profoundly scars you emotionally, by cutting you off from God" (Evert). Some teenage girls are saying, "Oh I’ll be fine, I am on birth control and we used a condom; there are no worries." "No form of contraception can prevent a heart from being broken, and a soul from being lost"(Evert). While contraceptives may lessen the
chances of disease and unwanted pregnancy, birth control is not always dependable. According to Dr. John G. Sholl, "safe sex" is a "misleading, incongruous combination of words" (Ferriss 16). Teens who engage in premarital sex are more likely to suffer negatively from long-term physical, emotional, social, and moral effects, than teens who choose to wait.
"Jennifer was seventeen when she gave her virginity to Brian, the love of her life. One month later she developed painful blisters around her sexual area. She was devastated when her doctor told her she had herpes. By passing this infection on, Brian has made it possible for Jennifer to join the ranks of twenty million other Americans who have herpes, a sexually transmitted disease. This is not the only disease that Jennifer lives with though. She experiences great emotional pain, especially guilt for the last three years" (Herpes: The Gift That Keeps on Giving). The world is plagued with over thirty-nine sexually transmitted diseases. "Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) infect three million young adults annually, out of Americas (sic) total of twelve million sexually active youths" (Hjelle). These dangers should be painfully obvious to many of today’s youth. "Among fourteen to twenty -year -olds chlamydia is the most common STD." (Fledman 1). Chlamydia has no obvious symptoms and can even cause infertility if left untreated. "Up to twenty -nine percent of sexually active adolescent girls have been found to be infected with chlamydia" (Premarital Sex…The Situation). Another common disease is herpes,
which causes sores and painful swelling of the genitals. "One in five Americans have herpes, yet at least eighty percent of those with herpes are unaware they have it" (Herpes Statistics). There is no cure for herpes, but it can be treated. Another STD Gonorrhea, not uncommon among teenagers, causes pelvic pain and painful urination. Gonorrhea is one of the most frequently reported sexually...