Whether or Not to Have Sex

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Whether or Not to Have Sex

A major question facing many teenagers is whether or not to have sex. A result of having sex is contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Sexually transmitted diseases, or venereal diseases affect 10 to 12 million Americans each year. (Daugirdas 75) In the United States, sexually transmitted diseases strike an average of one person every 1.5 seconds. (76) About half of STD patients are under the age of twenty-five. (Landers 45) Nearly 2.5 million teenagers are infected with these deadly diseases. (Welsh A-5) A few types of sexually transmitted diseases are gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, etc. These diseases can be fatal if not attended to. In addition to those epidemic diseases already mentioned, such diseases include syphilis, crab lice, vaginal infection caused by the Hemophilus bacterium, molluscum contagiosum, chancroid, and the list goes on and on. There are many ways to transmit these diseases.

Transmission of all these diseases occurs only by intimate contact with an infected person, because all of the causative organisms die quickly if removed from the human body. (Leone 128) Although the usual area of contact is the genital, the practice of anal and oral sex also leads to cases of anal and oral infections. (130) A few of these diseases, notably chancroid and scabies, can be spread by the infected person from one area of skin to another by the hands. (Daugardis 86) Gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydial infections can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her infant, either in the uterus or during birth. Such congenital infections can be quite severe. Although venereal infections start at the external genitalia, they can spread to the prostate, uterus, testes, ...

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...omycin is effective in these instances. (64) There are many other antibiotics being created everyday to treat these diseases.

Sexually transmitted diseases is a serious problem facing the teens of this country, but through proper protection and knowledge of the diseases, they can overcome this

epidemic. The only true way to protect oneself from any sort of diseases is by abstinence.


Works Cited

1. Daugirdas, John T.


Hinsdale, Ill.: Medtext, Inc., 1992.

2. Landers, Ann.

Ann Landers talks to teenagers about sex.

New York: Fawcett Crest, 1963.

3. Leone, Bruno.

Sexual Values.

St. Paul, Minnesota: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1983.

4. Scott, Fred J.

STDs : Prevention and Treatment.

New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 1990.

5. Welsh, Patrick.

"Sex and Today's Teen-ager."

Washington Post: Washington D.C., Nov. 29, 1987.
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