Teens and Sex - Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

What are Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's)? How much do you know about STD's? Do you know how to protect yourself from STD's? The answer to these questions is that most people don't know, and if they do, it's very little. Sex has become a big issue in the 90's. Wherever a person looks, sex is advertised. What do you see when you turn on the television, daytime or night? Sex. What do you see when you go to the movies? Sex. In magazines? Sex. Even advertisements in the street revolve around sex. The one thing that is not emphasized is the dangers of sex. The danger of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. I'm sure that people know that AIDS is the most dangerous STD right now, but there are other diseases to watch out for. These other diseases which I will discuss, are bad and different in their own ways. When engaging in sex, every person should be educated about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, how to prevent STD's, and how to get treatment if a person has an STD.

Talking about sex may not be a comfortable subject for everyone, but people should. Sex is not a game. When it comes down to getting an STD, there is no joke behind it. People have to realize that they are not the only ones in danger, the people they have sex with are also in danger. There are a couple ways people can prevent themselves from STD's. The first way is by practicing abstinence (not having sex). I am not saying people have to practice abstinence, but it is one of the ways. A second way is by the use of condoms, but only when used correctly. In an article titled, "1993 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines" from the Journal of School Health, it lists some recommendations of...

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...meone is infected or not. People need to know their partner well, and if someone has, or thinks they have an STD, they should go get checked right away. They will be doing themselves a favor, and others. There are a lot if STD's out there, some more dangerous that others, some deadly like AIDS, so people should learn about them before they are lying in a hospital bed, or better yet getting buried, or burying someone they love.

Bibliography

1.) , "1993 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines," Journal of School Health, 1994, p. 156 - 159.

2.) Brodman, Michael; Kranz, Rachel; and Thacker, John. Straight Talk About Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Facts on File, Inc., 1993, p. 1 - 48.

3.) Willis, Judith. "Preventing STD's," FDA Consumer, 1993, p. 33 - 35.

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