by Katherine Lozano
Teen pregnancy is a huge problem and everyone talks about “safe sex,” but how about “save sex?”. It is the number one predictor of poverty in our country. If a young girl becomes pregnant, she will be faced with extraordinarily hard choices, each of which hold life-long consequences; she can choose to keep her baby, abort her baby, or give her baby up for adoption.
But as bad as teen pregnancy might be, it is not the worst thing that can happen, not by a long shot. Pregnancy is not a disease, and it won’t kill you. Yet, if you ask a teenager what her biggest fear about having sex is, she will likely answer, “getting pregnant.” The average teenage girl is not aware of the fact that sex can lead to diseases that can drastically affect her health, the health of her future spouse, and the health of her unborn children. We have been indoctrinated with the idea that there is such a thing as Safe Sex. But what most people refer to as safe sex only deals with birth control, not the prevention of deadly diseases.
Safe sex, is a misnomer of major proportions. There are dozens of inventions and medicines out there designed to prevent pregnancy: pills, shots, patches, devices, etc. But none of these things keep people safe from diseases. Condoms can help protect against viral STDs, but they do nothing to prevent bacterial STDs, such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Also known as Genital Warts, HPV is contracted through skin-on-skin contact, and is one of the deadliest STDs out there and the leading cause of Cervical Cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 80 million people currently carry HPV, and over 14 million people contract it each year. Young people are infecting one another at exponential rates because they do not realize that all it takes is skin contact in the genital area to pass on HPV, often which does not display symptoms until it is too late.
HPV is only one STD that is infecting young people. There are dozens more. So why isn’t the healthcare industry making abstinence its first recommendation in the prevention of pregnancy and disease? Obesity is also a major health problem. But doctors are not suggesting pills or shots to people by the millions to lose weight. They are suggesting diet and exercise. Why? Because these are the most logical solutions to the problem. Abstinence is the most logical solution to the problem of teen pregnancy. Abstinence costs nothing. Abstinence has no adverse effects on the environment. And abstinence, like diet and exercise, teaches people self-control and respect for their bodies.
The simple truth is this: abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing pregnancy and disease.