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A journal article focusing on teenaged sex failed to report certain facts including the higher incidence of depression and suicide amongst non-virgins, risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), risk of developing cervical cancer in women, teen pregnancies, and the involvement of drugs and alcohol. The high prevalence of STIs were not mentioned including irretractable diseases such as genital warts (human papillomavirus) and herpes. Contraception does not prevent against such diseases, particularly if it is in the oral or injectable form, and condoms prevent against only some STIs. With 60% of adolescents under 15 years not agreeing to their sexual encounters, concern for parental responsibility in educating their children and providing them with the ability to make low risk decisions was also not considered. Another recent study has shown that girls within a formulated program were less likely to have sexual intercourse before marriage than girls outside the program, and the majority of girls outside the program regretted not waiting.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Washington Times
About: Teen sex issues
Date: 17 July 2005
Source: The Washington Times
Author: Joe McIlhaney
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