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Famous Teen Sex & Pregnancy Print
Written by Karen Farris   

This week, Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year old television star and sister of pop star Britney Spears, announced that she’s pregnant with the child of her 19-year old boy friend.

In response Gary L. Rose, M.D., President and CEO of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health released the following statement.

“The Jamie Lynn Spears situation is a heartbreaking, and all too common, example of the circumstance in which many young people find themselves today. 20% of teens under 18 get pregnant within 6 months of starting on the pill, and 20% of teens under 18 get pregnant over a period of 1 year using condoms. In addition, the lower the age of sexual debut the greater the increase in lifetime partners, and consequently the greater the risk for STIs.”

Age Average lifetime partners

12 and under 20+

13-14 15

15-18 8

19-20 5

21-25 3

26+ 1-2

 
Cybersex: Mental Sabotage Print
Written by Karen Farris   

The most “Googled” topic on the Internet regards health issues. What do you guess is the next most sought-after information? It’s pornography. Now upwards of 9 billion dollars annual revenue in the U.S., pornography has found its way into many homes. Sadly, the youngest, and arguably the most impressionable, are the newest porn clients. Kids visit chat rooms for cybersex, using vocabulary most parents probably wouldn’t suspect their kids even know.

While cybersex is “safe” from the usual side effects, of STD’s and pregnancy, the mental impacts are not “safe”. A peculiar psychological phenomenon occurs, whereby the participants compartmentalize themselves, literally separating their lives into their cyber-world and their real world. The sexual experiences are shared in an online environment that they would not attempt otherwise. They will “experiment” with group sex, anal sex, and all manner of sexual exploits, without regard to how this may affect their future relationships. For many youth, they have become desensitized to forming intimate bonds. In normal relationships, sex is used for committed couples to stay bonded. These cyber-relationships sabotage this natural ability, and no one knows for sure what the future impact will be with a generation of youth experimenting with online sex.

Advice? Avoid the temptation to experiment in the sex chat rooms. What you do now will matter later.


 
RECORD STD CASES: 1 Million Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Quoted from the Peninsula Daily News Wednesday November 14, 2007

  More than 1 million cases of Chlamydia were reported in the United States last year--

The most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday in Atlanta.

 

“A new U.S. record,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a “super bug” version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.

Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis—which can deform or kill babies—rose for the first time in 15 years.

 

 
The Silent Epidemic: The Truth About Sex & STD’s Print
Written by Karen Farris   

    The definition of an epidemic is when there is an extensive and growing prevalence of a disease that attacks many people simultaneously. Furthermore, an epidemic is a disease that does not naturally exist in the human body. Sexually transmitted diseases don’t belong in human bodies. They are foreign invaders, infecting healthy tissues, organs, reproductive tracts, bloodstreams, and even the mouths of many of our population. We’re not treating this like an epidemic.

 

   Making the situation even more dire: the STD epidemic is not a single epidemic, but rather a multiple epidemic, consisting of at least 25 separate diseases, almost 50, if the various strains are counted as well. Back in the 60’s when a shot of penicillin could cure the two known STDs, syphilis and gonorrhea, life was simpler. Now, many of the 25 known STD’s have no easy cure, some have no cures at all. Infected for life. Live with it. Spread it to other victims, sometimes unknowingly. One might ask with the hoopla reserved for the bird flu, or SARS why aren’t we hearing more about this STD epidemic and consequences it wrecks upon the lives of its victims? 

   One controversial answer is money. With annual STD treatment costs hovering around $38 billion, there is money to be made on behalf of the reckless, wanton sexual behavior. Many government-supported entities, such as Planned Parenthood, depend on clientele visiting their offices, for birth control and for STD treatments. A sense of job security is ensured with another sexually permissive culture emerging on the heals of the sexual revolution of the last century.

    Finger pointing might help us feel better. Certainly organizations such as SIECUS (Sexuality Information Education Council of the United States) have contributed extensively to the sexual education of our youth. A few select curriculum-writers have designed courses that affect millions of American school children. Without going into extensive detail, suffice it to say, children as young as 5-8 years old can be instructed in masturbation. Imagine what they learn as they get older.  

   Then there is Hollywood. Sex without issues. Friends with benefits. Sexual saturation to the point where normal is difficult to define. On TV shows alone, teens view 14,000 sexual references each year. Each week, teens are exposed to 38 hours of TV, videos, music, computers, and video games. Then there’s advertising. Sometimes it is difficult to see what is being sold, but we can recognize nearly naked people selling something. Hard to escape.

   What can we really do? Make every effort to get between our kids and the media giants. Talk to teens. Tell them the truth: that the cost of premarital sex can be painfully high. Some won’t listen. Some will argue. Some will say “sure” then go ahead and do it anyway. But if we stand back, it will only get worse. Sadly, this silent epidemic is getting worse every year, and now that we know it, we need to be part of the solution. 

 

 

 

 
Sex & Famous Babies Print
Written by Karen Farris   

You just need to be rich and famous and then it doesn’t matter when you have sex or if it results in pregnancy.

You just need to be rich and famous and then it doesn’t matter when you have sex or if it results in pregnancy. For example, Tom Brady, the hulky, hunky New England Patriots quarterback, recognized for his rugged good looks as well as his talents on the field, recently became recognized for his feats off the field: he just became a daddy. His ex-girlfriend gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Already the babe has appeared on a magazine cover with his doting, model-looking mother. I’m sure Mommy doesn’t fear that having a baby out-of-wedlock will inhibit her chances of living the highlife. Certainly, she’ll have nothing to fear about the bills. Oh, if all of the out-of-wedlock babies had it this good.

But really, does Baby John Edwards Brady, really have it so good? Money doesn’t necessarily provide a nurturing home. Let me share a true story. Once upon a time there was another football player. He was his high school’s starting fullback. His expertise on the gridiron wouldn’t earn him a professional career, but it did lead to a dozen college scholarship offers. But he didn’t want to go to college. Why? Well, besides his love of football, he dearly loved his cheerleader on the sidelines. She was every bit as beautiful as Tom Brady’s ex-girlfriend. The two knew they would marry someday. So keeping things in the right order, he joined the military and served for two years. Then when he was financially able to take care of his high school sweetheart, he married her.

They lived within their modest means, and created a loving home for their little baby boy. This baby will never grace the cover of a national magazine, but he will have two loving parents. These two baby boys will most likely never meet, one will have all the trappings that wealth can provide, and the other will have the knowledge that he was wanted, he was cherished, and both his parents choose to be married and have him part of their very own world. Which baby would you want to be? Money isn’t everything.

 
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