#prolife #parents Survey: #teens having less sex -this generation of kids less inclined to experiment w/drugs&sex than their pre
Posted Mar 04 2011 12:30pm
So it looks like the next generation of teens are safer and wiser than their parents generation. It's good to hear abstinence education and raising awareness about STD's is paying off. After all, condoms and pills are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy nor STD's. And along with pregnancy risk comes the risks involved in abortion. Since many teens in the millenial generation are choosing to abstain, it is hopeful the number of abortions will decrease. In addition, there is hope for the future because 61% of younger Christians say abortion is wrong even if pregnancy is the result of rape.
Additional reasons teens should and may be choosing to abstain, the risk of pregnancy,suicide and abortion 93 analysis 11 different medical studies,condoms were found to have 31% avg failure rate preventing sexual transmission of deadly AIDS virus
Condoms fail2protect against ~1/3 sexually active girls.HPV leading cause of cervical cancer kills abt 7Kwomen/yr&Chlamydia;cause of infertility
According to a University of Minnesota study, teen girls are 10x more likely to attempt suicide if they had an abortion in last 6mos, Garfinkel,et.al.,Stress Depression,&Suicide.
150% gr8tr cervical injury risk as a result of abortion 4women >20 than 4 women over 30 yrs of age.New EnglJ rnl of Med,Vol.309
14% of women who have abortion miscarry future pregnancy,risk +200% w/multiple abortions JrnlofAmer MedAssoc,Vol.243
Finally, in addition to pregnancy risk, STDs and risk of abortion, if you risk getting an abortion you also risk chance of aborting the 1st&only child you may have because you can become infertile or miscarry future pregnancy or become sterile from an STD.
ATLANTA -- Apparently, fewer teens and young adults are having sex, according to a federal study that offers numbers but doesn't examine the reasons.
Why is it decreasing?
"That's the $100,000 question," said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Some experts say an emphasis on abstinence may have played a role. Some say concern about sexually spread diseases may have been a factor -- perhaps instilled by parents who watched the AIDS crisis unfold.
Still others suggest this is a generation of kids who are less inclined to experiment with drugs and sex than their predecessors.
The study, released yesterday, is based on interviews of about 5,300 people, ages 15 to 24. It found that the proportion in that age group who said they had had some kind of sexual contact dropped in the past decade from 78 percent to about 72 percent.
There are other surveys of sexual behavior, but this is considered the largest and most reliable.
"It's the gold standard," Albert said.
Health scientist Anjani Chandra of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study, described the decline in sex as small but significant.
She declined to speculate on the reasons. It's difficult to look for a trend earlier than 2002 because previous surveys did not gather as much detail about various types of sex, she added.
However, data over the years on vaginal intercourse among never-married adolescents shows a steady decline since 1988. That seems to be in sync with other CDC studies showing an overall drop in teen pregnancy.
The leading influence on sexual activity among young adults is what parents teach and what peers are doing, experts said. And, for whatever reason, smaller proportions are "doing it" than in the past.
Still, the report may be surprising to some parents who see skin and lust in the media and worry that sex is rampant.
"Many parents and adults look at teens and sex and see nothing but a blur of bare midriffs," Albert said. "They think things are terrible and getting worse."
Participants were offered $40 for sitting for the interview, which usually lasted an hour and included answering very specific questions on a computer about oral sex, anal sex and other sexual activities.