Every day, thousands of young people suffer devastating physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences from premarital sexual activity.
Nearly half of all new STDs/STIs in 2000 occurred among youth ages 15-24. The total estimated costs of these nine million new cases was $6.5 billion.
* Weinstock H, Berman S, Cates W, Jr. (2004). Sexually transmitted diseases among American youth: Incidence and prevalence estimates, 2000. Perspective on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 36, 6-10. * Chesson HW, Blandford JM, Gift TL, Tao G, Irwin KL. (2004). The estimated direct medical cost of sexually transmitted diseaes among American youth, 2000. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 36, 11-19.
Sexually-active teens are most likely to participate in other high-risk behaviors, such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use and violence.
* Whitaker DJ, Miller KS, CLark LF. "Reconceptualizing adolescent sexual behavior: Beyond did they or didn't they?" Family Planning Perspectives. 2000;32:111-117.
Condoms do not protect against diseases passed through skin contact, including genital herpes and human papilloma virus, which is the # 1 STD in the U.S., the leading cause of cervical cancer, and infects more than 5 million Americans a year.
* National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention, 2001.
Among sexually active girls ages 15-19, 1 in 3 said they were either forced or pressured into sex.
* Moore, KA et al. A Statistical Portratit of Adolescent Sex, Contraception, and Childbearing, March 1998: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.