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Purity Matters Print
Written by Karen Farris   

On a recent daytime talk show Purity Balls were the topic. These are events where fathers take daughters to a formal dance, and as at the evening’s end, the daughter makes a pledge to remain sexually abstinent. Rather than supporting the idea, most in the audience shouted that teen sex was commonplace and virginity was an unreasonable expectation. Yet, statistics indicate that half of all high school students are NOT having sex, so it isn’t unreasonable to expect many students choosing to save sex until later.

Are there some other good reasons to wait for sex? How about these reasons?

  • 51% of babies born to unwed mothers live in poverty
  • 13% of sexual active teens will contract an STD this year
  • 22% of unplanned pregnancies will end in abortion
  • 15 million single moms didn’t plan on being single moms
  • Many of the 500,000 teens who attempt suicide every year do so because of failed relationships

In the rush to grow up or fit in, many teens choose sex.  Waiting for sex will never hurt as much as the reality of a life filled with consequences. Ask a single mom. She knows.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:38
 
Live In Test Drive Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Who needs to get married anymore? Couples living together have increased by more than 1500% in the past fifty years. More than half of those couples who do get married will have lived together first. Why? Couples are testing things out first…. a way to protect themselves from failure---like a condom to prevent divorce.

Now here’s the reality: chances of divorce are greater if you live together first. This is based on decades of research from couples that have been there and done that. Couples that lived together before marriage tend to be less satisfied in their marriages and far more likely to divorce.

Lots of couples move in together for economic reasons. Researchers call this “sliding, not deciding” as they move from sleeping together, then going from her place to his place and then finally just living together to save the expense of two places.

The partners haven’t really voiced their agendas. Women tend to see living together as a step towards marriage, while men are more likely to be testing things out. While they may not agree on why they are together, both men and women tend to have lower expectations for live-in mates than they would have for a spouse.

The real sad news is that adults in their 20’s often sink years into a live-in relationship that should have only lasted months. It’s not as easy to “break-up” once you share a place, a lease, furniture, credit cards and often finances. Before sliding into living with someone, try deciding the qualities you truly would like to see in a mate. Then spend some time looking at the qualities you have to offer someone else.

Marriage is more than just sharing a bed and a bank account. It is a commitment that offers one another the assurance of one another’s support. Yes, divorce is still possible, but living together will never offer the emotional strength and integrity that a wedding vow does.

 
Take the Genital Herpes Quiz Print
Written by Karen Farris   

No one wants to hear the news they have contracted genital herpes. There’s no cure and it’s life long. It’s important to know the truth.

  1. Most people with genital herpes don’t know it. True or False

2. How many people in the U.S. are estimated to have genital herpes?

a)    1 million

b)   10 million

c)    30 million

d)   45 million

3. Genital herpes caused by HSV-2 us found more frequently in women than in men. True or False

4. Genital herpes is caused by bacteria and may be cured with antibiotics. True or False

5. You can get genital herpes from a toilet seat. True or False

6. You can get genital herpes from someone who doesn’t have visible sores. True or False

7. Washing the genital area before and after sex can help prevent the transmission of genital herpes. True or False

8. A blood test can determine if someone has genital herpes. True or False

9. New or initial genital herpes infections

a)    Tend to be the most severe

b)   May produce fever and flu-like symptoms

c)    Can cause genital itching, burning, and painful genital blisters

d)   All of the above

10. When do the sores associated with genital herpes typically heal after the first outbreak?

a)    Within a week

b)   Within one to two weeks

c)    Within two to four weeks

d)   Within five to six weeks

11. Herpes simplex virus type 2 settles permanently in the body closest to what region?

a)    Stomach lining

b)   Spinal cord

c)    Digestive tract

d)   Bone marrow

12. The period of time when a person feels an out break coming on is called the:

a)    Prodrome

b)   Prescience

c)    Preconception

d)   Presage

 

Answers:

 

 

#1. True. About 16% of people aged 14-49 in the U.S. are infected with the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) that causes genital herpes, but as many as 81% of them had not received the diagnosis.

#2. 45 million. Genital herpes is very common, infecting at least 45 million people aged 12 and older in the United States.

#3. True.  About one in five women between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes caused by HSV-2, while about one in nine men in that same age range are infected.

#4. False.  Genital herpes is caused by a virus, so antibiotics will not help resolve the infection. There is no cure for herpes, but treatment is available to reduce and prevent outbreaks and decrease the risk of transmission to a partner.

#5. False. As with other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes can be spread by close contact or sexual activity. It is highly unlikely to be spread by a toilet seat or other objects.

#6. True. Genital herpes can be transmitted even if the infected partner has no symptoms or visible signs or doesn’t know he or she is infected.

#7. False. Washing the genital area doesn’t help prevent any sexually transmitted disease (STD), including genital herpes. The best way to prevent any STD is to abstain from sex or engage in sex only with someone you know is not infected. Condoms are not guaranteed to prevent infection.

#8. True.  To find out if you have genital herpes, a doctor can take a sample from a sore and test it in the laboratory. There is also a blood test that looks for antibodies to the virus that your immune system would have made. HSV-2 almost always infects the genitals, so if antibodies to HSV-2 are detected in your blood, you probably have genital herpes.

 

A blood test that shows antibodies to HSV-1 means you could have genital or oral herpes. That's because oral herpes, typically caused by HSV-1, can be spread to the genitals during oral sex.

#9. All of the above. When a person is first infected with the herpes virus, if symptoms occur they usually develop within the first two weeks of virus transmission. Symptoms can include fever and flu-like symptoms, genital itching, burning and discomfort, vaginal discharge, swollen lymph nodes, and a feeling of abdominal pressure.

#10. Within 2-4 weeks. The classic symptom of genital herpes is small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. These may appear four to seven days after the initial virus transmission.

#11. Spinal cord. The classic symptom of genital herpes is small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. These may appear four to seven days after the initial virus transmission.

#12. Prodrome. About half the people who have recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes feel an outbreak coming a few hours to a couple of days before it happens. They may feel tingling, burning, itching, numbness, tenderness, or pain where the blisters are going to appear. This is called the prodrome.

 

Quiz courtesy of Web MD Better Information. Better Health

 
Sex & Depression Print
Written by Karen Farris   

 

 

Many medical studies have reached the same conclusion: sexual activity in teens leads to lower self-esteem that can then lead to depression. Teens trying to keep emotionally balanced will often choose to keep heading towards more risky behavior. This compounds the problem rather than recognizing their behavior is actually hurting them more.

Teens are immersed in a sexual culture that feeds them the message that their worth is found in their sexuality. Sadly, after they become sexually active they discover that their worth hasbeen cheapened by random acts of sex. The teen years then become a field littered with landmines of broken relationships.

Instead of focusing on a future with career plans and anticipating their own mate, they have chosen to immediately satisfy sexual longings. They gamble their future for a cheap imitation of what a real mature relationship can offer.

It may not be easy to save sex for marriage, but it’s still the only way that guarantees that you’ll be sexually healthy. As a bonus, the medical studies also show that the sexually abstinent have higher levels of academic success and mental stability. Now that’s a foundation for a great future.

 
Planned Parenthood Promotes Sex Tracking Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Leave it to Planned Parenthood to come up with a scheme to help promote safer sex by tracking your sexual experience through a condom. Here’s how it works: use your smartphone to scan the QR Code on the condom and then you can fill in the details of where/when/how/ who and why you had sex.

The Planned Parenthood website WhereDidYouWearIt.com congratulates those who are having safer sex.

Time for a dose of reality not provided by Planned Parenthood: Condoms are woefully ill equipped to offer protection from two incurable STDs: HPV and Herpes. Also having safer sex doesn’t mean better sex or even the best: having a relationship that lasts.

Here are some statistics Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer: the best sex is found in monogamous marriage. Marital sex happens more often and is reported to be the most satisfying. And get this: no condoms needed to protect against diseases.

So before you pick up one of those free Planned Parenthood condoms that offer to track your sexual escapades, there is a better plan. It doesn’t involve sharing your sexual details with an organization that’s in the business to treat the diseases that your sexual choices can lead to. You’re better than this. Save sex for marriage and let Planned Parenthood keep their condoms.

 
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