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1 in 5 Americans between the ages of 15 and 55 are currently infected with one or more sexually transmitted diseases STDs 12 million Americans are newly infected each year Is this a result of ignorance or is it because they werent provided with the right information to protect themselves Almost 1 million teens become pregnant each year 58 of those teens become parents 30 of them end in abortion and 12 miscarry Did these teens know about birth control or contraceptives Because of this lack of education these teens are turning to the only sources of information they have Whether its an award-winning web site a magazine or the experienced guy next door teens are struggling to piece together what they need to know to survive Why should those teens have to be embarrassed and left scrambling for every scrap of information that could very well make the difference between life and death for them The answer is simple they shouldnt These teens want to know how to keep themselves safe So why is sex education limited to scientific terms or goes no further than the constant nagging and repetition of practicing abstinence The consistent plead to be abstinent seems to be helpful -- but what about the other 5 of the population that have STDs 63 of which are under the age of 25 Many people think that information on how to have safe sex would prompt sexually promiscuous activity So why is it that in North Carolina at one particular high school their teen pregnancy rate dropped from an overwhelming 300 out of 1000 females to an astonishing 35 after the opening of a health clinic A sexual education program a family planning course or a child development class in high school would prove to be beneficial to teens Provided with relevant and useful information about something they are curious about will help them to make educated and confident choices in the
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