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Singles Survey Reveals Casual Views on Sex Print
Written by Karen Farris   

A new survey done for Match.com is shedding some light on what singles are saying about their sexual behavior, CBN News reports. According to the survey, 42 percent would not date a virgin, 47 percent report having a "friends with benefits" relationship, and 44 percent of women and 63 percent of men have had one-night stands. Almost a third say they've had sex by the third date and almost half said they had sex by the sixth date. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control released two new studies Wednesday showing that the United States faces an ongoing and severe epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases. More than 19 million new infections are reported every year, up from 15 million in 1996, and half of the new cases affect people ages 15 to 24.

From Religion Today Headlines 2/18/13

There's nothing casual about what happens within the hearts and minds of those who desire to have lasting relationships. It requires healthy bodies, free from STDs, and healthy minds that are able to make the kind of choices that lead to faithfulness. It takes a serious heart and mind to have serious, stable, life-long marriages--and saving sex of marriage is the best way to start.

 
Gonorrhea Alert Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Gonorrhea, the once “curable” bacterial sexually transmitted infection may soon be placed on the incurable list. This nasty infection infects over 700,000 people in the US each year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“It’s scary to think about.” reports medical epidemiologist, Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy at the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. He goes on to say, “We could be facing the real possibility of untreatable gonorrhea in the US.”

The effective treatment options for the latest strains of the ever–increasing drug resistant gonorrhea have been reduced to one. While the CDC is urging drug companies to research new remedies, what’s the best defense? Don’t contract gonorrhea.

This disease is asymptomatic in 50% of the female carriers who have a 60-80% chance of contracting it during a one-night stand. It can be contracted even through oral sex. It’s one of leading causes of infertility. And it soon may be a disease without a cure.

Once again, saving sex for marriage—and keeping yourself healthy beforehand will always save you the pain of disease and disappointment for the rest of your life.

 
The High Cost of Cheap Sex Print
Written by Karen Farris   

While life isn’t easy, sometimes our choices make it a whole lot harder.

As a pregnancy resource center volunteer I’d visit schools and talk to teens about their choices. I told them the choice to work hard in school would cost them some time now, but it’d pay off with better opportunities later. I also told them that their sexual choices would come with a cost too. A student I met many years ago recently sent me a long note. She gave me permission to share her thoughts:

 

My friends and I talked about you after you came to our class. It wasn’t as if you were telling us anything we didn’t already know about sex. The scary things about STDs didn’t really make a difference either. I’d been having sex since the year before and I didn’t really care about the future.

You made it seem like getting through school was easy compared to getting a job and living on our own. You said we should get married before we had sex because we’d be older and ready for it. No one I know is getting married and no one really cares who you’ve had sex with.

You talked about single moms and how hard it was. You made it seem so hopeless for a teen mom to make it and how hard it was on her kid. Well I made it. About two years after you came to my class I had a kid, and I graduated when I was 19.

While my kid was in daycare, I got two jobs, lived on my own and paid my bills. Most of the guys I liked didn’t stay with m very long. Then I got pregnant again. It’s a lot harder now. I never have enough money and it feels like I work all the time. I see the life some of my friends have and I’m jealous. I love my kids but it’s not easy taking care of them.

I couldn’t afford my apartment so my kids and I moved into my friend’s basement.  When I was packing I went through a box of old stuff and found that ‘wait for marriage’ bracelet you gave us. I threw it away along with the rest of my high school stuff. My life sucks and there’s not much I can do about it.

 

Letters like this depress me. Have we already lost the war, America? Statistics indicate her kids will continue this pitiful cycle of pain—and are high-risk for the kind of life no one wants. Single parenthood is now the norm, and marriage is seen as unnecessary. Who suffers for these choices? We all do. Our nation is crumbling. Angry fingers can point and blame, but what we need are real families not throwaway relationships. There is a high cost for cheap sex.  Now a whole new generation is paying the price.

And for those wondering what can be done—reach out to a single mom and her kids. Be the family she needs.

 

 
Too Far Too Soon Print
Written by Karen Farris   

 

Relationships need boundaries. This is especially true in our relationships with the opposite sex. As we get closer to someone, sexual boundaries can be tested. Sometimes there can be moral confusion over right and wrong. And just as likely there could be concern about STD risks. Take time to consider these carefully.

Truth is important. With STDsit’svital to know that genital touching can spread them. Here’s a rule: “Don’t touch what you don’t got.”

What about kissing? Again think about boundaries. Be safe and keep the kisses less passionate and above the chin. And it’s wise to not lie down together. Why make things tough?

Consider something else…the future. Someday you will probably seek to spend your life with an incredibly wonderful, generous, loving person. Any sexual activities that you have shared with someone else will be part of this pristine relationship you want to have.  Beware. Be careful. And if you save the sex for marriage you won’t have to worry now or later.

 
HSV-2 Quiz Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Test your knowledge about a nasty-acting STD:

Correct answers can help you avoid needless pain.

  1. How many people have Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2)?   Answer: 45 Million
  2. What percentage doesn’t know they’re infected?  Answer: 81%
  3. Who gets the most infections, men or women?   Answer: women
  4. Is there a cure?        Answer: No. Only can treat the symptoms
  5. Do condoms protect against HSV-2?  Answer: Not reliably
  6. Where does the HSV-2 go between outbreaks? Answer: Spinal cord
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 14:56
 
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