According to the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, each year an estimated 19 million new casesof sexually transmitted infections occur, with almost half occurring in young people ages 15-24.
2Be a book.Be your child's source of information and education on allthings sex related.Start explanations early and explain often. Teens whotalk to their parents about sex are more likely to delaytheir first sexual encounter and to practice safe sex whenthey do become sexually active. And, ironically, despitetheir apparent dread, kids really want to learn about sexfrom their parents, according to study after study on thetopic.Be their book about making a plan to get out of trickysexual situations. Often, teens say they had no intentionof having sex, but rather that is just happened, since theywere at certain level of physical intimacy, they felt theycouldn't stop or didn't know how to stop further sexualactivity. Role play with your teen, giving them wordsuggestions and actions to use to get out of an unwantedor sexually charged situation.Developmentally, teens' hormones are raging, their senseof curiosity is heightened and the thought of having sexhas an air of independence and maturity that isappealing. What teens cannot foresee is the aftermath of having sex. Yes, there is the pregnancy risk, but otherrisks can include sexually transmitted diseases or STDsand the social, emotional and psychological