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Todays world is full of worries and problems which did not affect teens a generation ago New problems keep appearing in todays world such as STDs increased pregnancy rates and other factors facing teens who choose to have sex Emotionally and physically teens and getting less developed before having sex and are not prepared for the serious problems which come along with their decision to have sex No longer is it a matter which will just go away if we ignore it but teen health and the health of our society depend on choices which todays teens make regarding sex With so many diseases and problems facing todays world abstinence is the only way to protect ourselves Abstinence is a safe choice in preventing the possibility of pregnancy One-tenth of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant every year 83 percent of these pregnancies are unwanted or unplanned Half of the unmarried teens who get pregnant do so within six months of their first sexual experience In fact between 1986 and 1990 teen childbearing increased by 16 percent Whats worse pregnant teenagers often dont see a Another serious problem surrounding teen sexual intercourse is the probability of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases STDs Each year three million teens are infected with STDs Among 14- to 20-year-olds chlamydia is the most common It has no obvious symptoms and can cause infertility if left untreated Another common disease is herpes which causes sores and painful swelling of the genitals Its symptoms can be managed but not cured Fifteen percent of all teenage girls carry the virus that causes genital warts another common STD Gonorrhea not uncommon in teens is known to cause pelvic pain discharge and painful urination It may leave its victims sterile Perhaps even more serious is the disease Syphilis which killed famous mobster Al Capone It causes sores rashes brain and organ damage anddeath It can also
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