All teens are having sex.
Less than half of high school teens report that they have ever had sex. This is less than in 1991, when more than half of teens in high school said they had ever had sex.
Condoms work 100% of the time in preventing pregnancy.
Half of teen mothers do not get high school diploma or a GED.
Only half of teen mothers earn a high school diploma by age 22. However, 90% of young women are able to get their diploma by that age if they do not have children. Teen fathers also finish less school than young men who do not become fathers as a teenager.
Hormonal birth control (like the Pill,shot, or patch) protects against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases(STDs).
Hormonal birth control does NOT protect against HIV or any other sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). For teens who have sex, only a latex condom used correctly will protect against HIV and other STDs.
The Pill is the only birth control teen girls can use.
There are many different kinds of birth control that young women can use. Some are hormonal - such as the Pill,patch,Implant or shot. Other kinds are not hormonal - such as the diaphragm,condoms,and some IUDs. Teens who are having sex should talk to their health care provider about what birth control will work best for them.
There are ways sexually active teens can protect themselves against both sexually transmitted diseases(STDs) and pregnancy.
Dual protection means using two methods of birth control (with one being a condom) at the same time. Using a condom helps protect against pregnancy and STDs, including HIV. Using a second method of birth control along with a condom offers even more protection against pregnancy, especially if the condom breaks or falls off.
Abstinence (not having sex) is the only birth control that works 100% of the time.
The only way to prevent pregnancy 100% of the time is not to have sex. No other form of birth control is 100% effective.
A teen can get pregnant the first time she has sex.
A teen girl can get pregnant the first time she has sex. A teen boy can get someone pregnant the first time he has sex.
There is something I can do after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy if taken within 5 days after unprotected sex or if a condom breaks or falls off. EC will not stop a pregnancy that has already started. EC does NOT protect againts STDs. Many clinics and drug stores provide EC. You do not need a prescription if you are 17 or elder. EC should not be your regular type of birth control, however.
Sexual feelings are a normal part of adolescence.
Sexual development (puberty) usually begins between age 8 and 14. Sexual feelings accompany puberty and are normal during the teen years. It is important for teens to talk with parents or other trusted adults about their values, making healthy choices, and relationships.
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