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Teens and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) – Latest Research

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

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I know, I get it. It is almost unthinkable to be talking to your little baby about something as horrible as  STDs but you have to! Even though we will always see them as our little ones, they are becoming adults and they need to get proper education.

Since teenage period is pretty sensitive for every teenager, you need to find a proper way to talk to them. As you already know, not all teens are open for conversations (of any type) with their parents so you need to have a clever approach.

But first and foremost, before you are even thinking of striking up a conversation about something as terrifying as STDs, get some information on the topic. It is a pretty confusing and frightening subject, so find some articles on STD prevention and transmission. When you are familiar with the topic, you’ll be more comfortable talking about it. In case your lovely teens ask for some information you are not really sure about, don’t give false answers. Do the research and get back to them.

Good conversational starters are usually media related stuff, such as music videos, articles in magazines, pop culture in general (as it pretty much explores sex as its main topic). So, you can ask your kid what their thoughts are on something inappropriate they’ve seen on TV and how they feel about it. Ask them what they think about sexual scenarios on TV and in movies, and so on. With this conversation going, you’ll have plenty of chances to jump in with the talk of STDs.

Your kids need to be aware that just because the topic ‘grosses the out’ doesn’t mean it’s not something they need to pay attention to! Teenage period is the time of parties, drinking (yeah, like you didn’t do the same thing!), crushes that often turn into relationships or one night stands (not so often, hopefully!) so inform your children of caution they need to take: They will be STD-free if they have protected sex with people they trust! Even if your daughter is on birth control, she needs to know that the pill won’t prevent STDs, but just pregnancy. So, it is a must to use both! Most condoms are made of latex, but there are also ones made of polyurethane for those with a latex allergy.

Your children need to know that sex is not the only way STDs can spread. A person can get some STDs, like genital warts or herpes through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore. Also, talk about the myth that STDs can’t be caught via oral or anal sex. Viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and anus, as well as the genitals. You’d be stunned to find that out according to polls taken that even though they represent just 25 percent of the sexually experienced population, young people age 15 to 24 account for 50 percent of all new STIs!

According to research conducted on STDs, it is concluded that there is no rule about who gets it. It affects both guys and girls of all ages and backgrounds. Being educated or not, rich or poor, popular or not doesn’t really have any impact on getting an STD. They have become a common problem among teens. If you ever come across a term ‘STIs’, it stands for “sexually transmitted infections” and they are just as dangerous.