Do you know what the consequences for teen sex are? In 2009, 46% of high school students had sexual intercourse and only 38.9% used a condom. In 2006, an estimated 5,259 people (ages 13-24) were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Although only 13% of teens have ever had vaginal sex by age 15, sexual activity is common by the late teen years. By their 19th birthday, seven in 10 teens of both sexes have had intercourse. Being sexually active as a teen is unacceptable. Some important reasons why being sexually active as a teen are teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and not being emotionally prepared. The most important reason why teen sex is unacceptable is that they can get sexually transmitted diseases. There are more than 20 Out of the 12 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that occur each year; 3 million or 25% are teenagers. About 13 percent of adolescence ages 13 to 19 contract an STD each year. Babies that are born to teens with STD’s may suffer death or damage as a consequence of the teen having an STD. Some STD’s like HIV/AIDS are virtually fatal. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections account for about half of STIs diagnosed among 15–24-year-olds each year. HPV is extremely common, often asymptomatic and generally harmless. However, certain types, if left undetected and untreated, can lead to cervical cancer. The second most important reason why teen sex is unacceptable is that the girl can get pregnant. In the United States, one of every ten births involves a teen mother. According to a September 2006 report by the Guttmacher Institute, three-quarters of a million teens between 15 and 19 become pregnant each year. Teens that become pregnant are less likely to attend college. A sexually active teen that does not use a contraceptive has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year. Even though teenage mothers today are more likely to finish high school or get their GEDs than in the past, pregnant teens are less likely to attend college...
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