Reasons for Abstinence

Sex Linked to Future Disability, 1 of 100 Deaths (9/05, BMJ 2/06)

The continuing push for explicit sex-ed programs in the US and abroad and the consequent rise in promiscuous sexual activity among youth has concerned organizations re-emphasizing the dangers that result from this phenomenon. One study being emphasized is a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study which warned that the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the US is having a serious impact on the rates of disability and premature death. In the year studied, 1998, approximately 30,000 deaths were attributable to STD infections, most prevalently HIV/AIDS, but also cervical cancer resulting from Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in women. They reported that the US incidence for these diseases was three times the average rate of other developed countries. In addition, the study, reported in January 27, 2005 edition of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, revealed that STDs accounted for 20 million cases of adverse health problems, such as infertility and a tendency to miscarriage. The researchers at the Atlanta-based CDC reported a staggering 2 million years of life were absent as a result of STDs – known as “disability adjusted life years,” or DALYs – due to premature death and loss of healthy life because of disabilities attributable to sexual behavior. These 2 million life years represented 6% of the national total of DALYs.   The leading causes of death were HIV/AIDS for men, and HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer for women. Meanwhile, UK researchers are now calling for major increases in the capacity of clinics to tackle what they call an STD “epidemic,” claiming that current levels are inadequate to meet the government's own health targets. Recorded...

Be A Winner!

BE A WINNER!     Risk Elimination   NOT Russian Roulette Definition  of Russian Roulette: A game of chance with an uncertain outcome…   Sexual Roulette is chancing "Safe Sex" with an uncertain outcome.   Sexual Roulette decreases "safe sex" odds and increases risks & consequences each time two unmarried partners engage sexually.   Sexual Roulette places the woman at greater odds for the chance of pregnancy, child birth, abortion, adoption.   Sexual Roulette puts at risk…your virginity…your self-respect…your health…your future…your life.   Sexual Roulette's STD statistics have grown to epidemic proportions since the 1960s   Sexual Roulette spins flashbacks of guilt, regret, depression and broken hearts.   Sexual Roulette is more a game of losers than winners and is not worth chancing your today or your future…   Is Sexual Roulette Worth It?   Risk "Reduction" called "Safe Sex" is Sexual Roulette.   The BEST BET is Risk Elimination     Be A Winner!     True Love Waits…   [adapted from Human Life Resource Center, 773-239-6457; IRLC News, Fall 01] For more abstinence information, click here.    For information about STDs, click...

Alcohol Linked to "Hooking Up" (7/05)

The Independent Women’s Forum released their annual survey of Washington D.C. interns working on Capitol Hill. The survey of 200 college students from around the country examines career aspirations and some policy stances, but is most well known for its exploration of the social and sexual relationships of the respondents. The survey probed the reality behind the hype of today’s “hook-up” culture – defining a “hook-up” as “a physical encounter ranging anywhere from kissing to sexual intercourse, and [the participants] don’t necessarily expect anything more from each other past that encounter.” It’s an overly broad definition. Still, the results were interesting. The majority of the interns, 55% reported no “hook-ups” during their stay in Washington, D.C. But nearly one-fifth, 19% reported between 2 and 5 hook-ups, and a full 4% reported over 6 such encounters. No great surprise, but an important finding was that alcohol is a large factor in the hook-up culture. Those students who spent less than $20 per week on alcohol were the ones least likely to report hooking-up. A full 40% of the respondents said that they had engaged in “intimate activities” that “they otherwise may not have participated in” while they had been drinking. The survey was done by the polling company and had a margin of error of +/- 5.9%. [Family Research Council, Issue No. 10, 07/22/05; Abstinence Clearinghouse,...

Homosexual Activity (updated December 2010)

75% of Sexually Active Homosexuals are Carrying Human Papiloma Virus, Study Suggests Preliminary results from a Spanish study of sexually-active homosexuals indicates that seventy-five percent are carrying the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV), according to a report by Europa Press. The study, which is seeking to follow sexually active homosexuals who normally use condoms, has so far followed 40 subjects over a period of several months, and has arrived at a preliminary figure of 75 percent HPV infection. The figure is more than twice the average for Spanish youth, according to Europa Press, which reports that 30 percent are carriers of HPV. The Human Papiloma Virus, which comes in hundreds of varieties, is believed to cause cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men. It is also a marker for risk of contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that is believed to cause AIDS. As LifeSiteNews has reported previously, sexually-active homosexuals are far more likely to contract a variety of crippling diseases, including AIDS, hepatitis, syphilis and staph infections. The high level of infectious diseases among homosexuals is related to high levels of promiscuity.  Homosexuals have an estimated number of lifetime sexual partners ranging into the hundreds, according to some studies. The high rate of HIV infection among homosexuals has led the US Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit men who have committed sodomy with men after 1977 from donating blood. Related: CDC: Gay Men Over 44 Times More Likely HIV+ than Hetero Men http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdc-gay-men-over-44-times-more-likely-hiv-than-hetero-men AIDS Rate 50 Times Higher in Homosexual Men: Center for Disease Control http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/aids-rate-50-times-higher-in-homosexual-men-center-for-disease-control MRSA “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria Striking Gay Men http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/flesh-eating-bacteria-striking-gay-men...

Sexual Activity = Increased STD Risk (5/05)

Sexually active British teenagers have an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs/STIs) because of their "inconsistent and incorrect" use of condoms, according to a study published on Thursday and commissioned by Brook, a British sexual health organization for young people, BBC News reports (BBC News, 5/18). The study — which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and conducted by the Centre for Sexual Health Research at the University of Southampton — surveyed more than 1,300 people ages 16 to 18. According to the survey, 37% of sexually active males and 30% of sexually active females reported using condoms every time they had sexual intercourse (Andalo, Guardian, 5/19). However, many students reported using condoms incorrectly. In addition, most survey participants reported using condoms primarily for pregnancy prevention, not for STD prevention. Many students also had misconceptions about STDs. Approximately 31% of respondents said they thought STDs could be transmitted by touching a toilet seat, and 52% thought the STD chlamydia only affects women. In addition, 54% of respondents said they did not know emergency contraception may possibly prevent or terminate pregnancy if used within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse (Evening Standard, 5/19).   Teens' concern about STDs and their perceived risk of contracting an STD varied, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. About 89% of male and 82% of female respondents said they were generally worried about STDs, while 61% of male and 50% of female participants thought they could be at risk of contracting an STD. Most respondents cited school as their main source of information about STDs (AFP/Yahoo! News,5/19).  No mention was even made in passing that the risk of STDs...

Most Teens WAIT: abstinencefirst.com

Contrary to popular belief, most teens are actually NOT sexually active (even though they may talk actively!) and of those who are, most regret their choice and wish they had waited. In fact, a national survey indicates nearly all teens (93%) said that they should be given a “strong message” to abstain from sex. Approximately 30 state and federally funded abstinence education organizations in IL have joined forces to communicate the importance of abstinence education for today’s youth.   This larger entity is now known as the Illinois Abstinence Coalition. http://www.abstinencefirst.comAND a toll-free number (1.877.TEENS-IL) (1.877.833.6745), where they can find information on abstinence education in their local...

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Epidemic: Condoms Don't Work (2005)

Summary:Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common incurable STD in the United States. Those concrened with public health should strongly encourage the only guaranteed method of conquering this epidemic — sexual abstinence until entering into a lifelong, monogamous marrage with an uninfected partner. The United States is in the midst of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemic. We have the highest STD rate in the developed world, and a higher rate than some developing countries. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common incurable STD in the United States, with as many as 24 million Americans currently infected.[1] By comparison, between 650,000 and 900,000 Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.[2] HPV has been linked to over 90 percent of all invasive cervical cancers,[3] and is the #2 cause of cancer deaths among women, after breast cancer.[4] Approximately 16,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year, and 5,000 women die annually from this disease.[5] When condoms are used properly and consistently, which only occurs between 5 and 40 percent of the time, they still serve as ineffective barriers against STDs.[6] Condoms, whether used correctly and consistently or not, do not prevent the spread of HPV.[7] Federally funded sexual health organizations and the Centers for Disease Control, however, continue to promote condoms as effective STD barriers. They briefly mention sexual abstinence as a tool for STD prevention, before campaigning for the “consistent and correct” use of condoms as sufficient STD deterrents. Those concerned with public health should strongly encourage the only guaranteed method of conquering this public health epidemic – sexual abstinence until entering into a lifelong,...

July 2005: Abstinence

First-year Findings from Federal Longitudinal Study on Abstinence Education New Study Shows 84% of Young Women Use Condoms Incorrectly Parents’ Perceived Disapproval of Sex Cuts Teens’ STD Risk 6 Years Later Abstinence Education Website Alabama Abstinence Grantee Conducts Annual Parent Day Texas Finance Committee De-funds Abstinence Health Books… For past months’ Abstinence headlines, click here. First-year Findings from Federal Longitudinal Study on Abstinence-Education an Important Contribution to Helping Youth Make Healthy Choices – The findings of a major longitudinal study of abstinence-education released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) provide further evidence that abstinence-education is the only intervention that helps youth avoid risky sexual behavior. The report clearly reveals that students who participate in abstinence-education programs have a fuller understanding of the consequences of early sexual activity and are more likely to recognize the avoidance of sexual behavior as a postive choice. They were also less likely to view having sex in their adolescent years as a healthy choice. These are the findings of a five-year longitudinal study following youth in 4 abstinence-education programs. The report, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for US DHHS, only explored attitudinal changes of participating youth. It did not examine behavioral changes. The behavioral impact of the programs will be reported after the study concludes in 2006. This report is further evidence that abstinence-education programs, by helping youth understand healthy relationships and the risks of early sexual activity and by strengthening their decision-making and communication skills, are having a positive impact on the lives of students. While pointing out that the findings released focus on attitudinal change and do...

Virginity Pledgers Engage in Less Sex and Have Less STDs (6/05)

Also: MODEST FUNDING INCREASE FOR ABSTINENCE EDUCATION   NEW STUDY RE-EXAMINES VIRGINITY PLEDGE The U.S. House of Representatives officially approved a $10.82 million increase for abstinence education 24June [Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill]. Kristi Hayes [Director, Government Affairs, Abstinence Clearinghouse]: “It’s obvious that representatives in the House had their children in mind when they voted to approve an increase in funding to abstinence education. Abstinence education is what parents, whoever they are, want for their kids”… This vote follows other good abstinence news. Last week, a new study reexamining data from the Adolescent Health Survey found Virginity Pledges to be helpful tools in deterring sexual activity. This study also pointed out serious and consequential flaws in an analysis of virginity pledges released in 4/05 by Peter Bearman & Hannah Bruckner who publicly defamed abstinence education. Hayes: “Abstinence education continues to be proven effective. Is anyone really surprised? Abstinence education is common sense. Kids want relationships and security. They want meaning and purpose in their lives. Abstinence education teaches kids how they can have a healthy, happy future. That’s why it works.” For more than a decade, abstinence educators have encouraged young people to abstain from sexual activity. As part of these programs, adolescents are encouraged to take a verbal or written pledge to abstain from sex until marriage. Although these abstinence programs have received recent negative coverage, the new report released at the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to clarify previous findings. The new research validates what abstinence educators have known all along — abstinence...

June 2005: Abstinence

Abstinence Funding Increase Gives Victory to Next Generation Montgomery County School Board Votes to Revise Sex-Ed Program After Judge Orders the Program Suspended New Studies Prove Abstinence Education Works Abstinence Club Holds Banquet… ABSTINENCE INCREASE GIVES VICTORY TO NEXT GENERATION  – “This is a victory for America’s children!” stated Leslee Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, upon hearing word that abstinence education programs will be increased by nearly $11 million in fiscal year 2006. The mark-up was made to the appropriations bill today by the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Abstinence educators across the nation are celebrating this increase in the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) grant program. “The pro-promiscuity lobby was pushing hard for more of the same, failed contraceptive sex education programs,” continued Unruh, “but the members of the subcommittee saw through the smoke. Instead of funding poor programs, the members wisely chose to increase funding for abstinence education programs.” Earlier this year, President Bush requested an increase of $39 million for abstinence education in his proposed budget. “With the President’s request, we could have moved toward our goal of reaching every youth in America with the life-saving message of abstinence until marriage. However, in this year of fiscal restraint, we are grateful for the increase appropriated so far.” Unruh pointed to ten separate reports published in 2004 and 2005 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institutes for Health, and the Food and Drug Administration, which show that premarital sex is just not healthy.” Abstinence education programs were increased by nearly $11 million for...

May 2005: Abstinence

Teens in Best Friends Abstinence-Only Program Are Less Likely to be Sexually Active Than Their Peers UK Doctors Put Girls Aged 10 on the Pill     TEENS IN BEST FRIENDS ABSTINENCE-ONLY PROGRAM LESS LIKELY TO BE SEXUALLY ACTIVE THAN PEERS Middle-school and high-school girls in Washington, D.C., who participated in the Best Friends Foundation’s abstinence-only education programs are “substantially” less likely to have had sexual intercourse than the average girl of the same age in the district [study published in the spring issue of the Institute for Youth Development’s journal Adolescent & Family Health]. Author Robert Lerner studied data from 2,700 girls in grades 6 – 8, and 800 girls in grades 9 – 12, some of whom were enrolled in the Best Friends program. The researchers compared several years of data on the Best Friends program participants with data collected through CDC’s national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) System in the same area over the same period. The Best Friends program, in its 18th year, uses school-based curricula, fitness classes, mentoring, role models and community service to help girls in 6-8th grades make healthy choices during adolescence — such as abstaining from drugs, alcohol, smoking and premarital sex. A companion program for boys, called Best Men, began in 2000. Best Friends, which recently won a three-year federal abstinence grant, does not teach girls about contraception. Girls in the middle-school Best Friends program were more than 6.5 times less likely to report having had sex than middle-school girls in the CDC study, and  8 times less likely to use drugs – both strong outcomes. The study also found...

March 2005: Abstinence

Training Abstinence Educators Married People are Healthier  Adults telling teenagers to hold off on sex before marriage is nothing new, but the high rate of STDs and pregnancy is prompting a growing number of people into abstinence education… TRAINING ABSTINENCE EDUCATORS — Despite their passion, educators sometimes do not always have the information, resources and know-how to craft an effective message, and many are asking for help. FL state officials are responding to the demand by offering free training seminars throughout the state aimed at helping educators get informed. “Abstinence educators want a level playing field,” said Vickie-Jean Mullins, director of the state’s abstinence education program. “They want the training that gives them the skills, the data and the approaches to be effective.” The state’s abstinence program, which is based with the FL Department of Health, is offering a dozen training seminars in several FL cities this year. About 30 people turned out for an 8-hour training session in Sarasota, including youth group leaders, teen advocates and health educators. State trainer Mike Worley, who also trains abstinence educators in 2 other states, reeled off statistics on STDs, discussed the federal guidelines that abstinence educators must follow and shared classroom activities that emphasize the consequences of premarital sex. To demonstrate the emotional consequences of premarital sex, he placed a strip of tape around the arm of one of the educators and then asked him to pull it off. “Kids want to know about abstinence,” Worley told the abstinence educators. “When they have sex, they wish they hadn’t. We need to give them more information to help them wait.” In FL,...

Legal Research Exposes Scientific Fraud Still Affecting Sex Education/Sex Crimes in USA (7/04)

Dr. Judith Reisman’s discovery of Kinsey’s fraudulent data and criminally derived experiments on children contained in Indiana University’s Kinsey Reports, is the basis of research done by Colonel Ron Ray, Eunice Ray and Dr. Linda Jeffrey of RSVPAmerica.  Kinsey’s fraudulent data formed the basis for the Kinseyan sex education programs which began to enter schools in the mid 1960s, as well as for law changes redefining rape, sodomy and child molestation laws from state to state.  The changes to legal prohibitions paved the way for the explicit promotion of Kinsey’s various “sexualities.”  A new report [see below] fully brings to light the history of the legal changes and the ramifications on society. NEW LEGAL RESEARCH EXPOSES SCIENTIFIC FRAUD STILL AFFECTING SEX EDUCATION AND SEX CRIMES IN THE UNITED STATESPOSTED: JUL 07, 2004Colonel Ron Ray and his wife Eunice Ray, founder of the RSVPAmerica Campaign, gave a historic summary of how America’s foundational laws protecting women and children based on the principles of the Old and New Testaments were abolished using fraudulent science and how those foundational protections for women and children were undermined by the “Kinsey Reports.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) published the Kinsey Report’s impact on Education and Law in its “State Factor” of April 2004. Citing supreme Court decisions from the 19th and 20th centuries, Colonel Ray identified the “fixed” American laws that provided safety and security for the nation. Eunice Ray then summarized the research carried out during the RSVPAmerica Campaign (Restoring Social Virtue and Purity to America, 1998-2003) which built on Dr. Judith Reisman’s discovery of Kinsey’s fraudulent data and criminally derived experiments on...

Hooking Up Is Harmless, Isn't It? (12/04)

In an age of instant gratification and high-speed Internet connections comes a new form of campus romance: the hookup. It’s lightning-fast love on the run. Like the old one-night stand, it’s a no-strings sexual encounter with a casual friend or stranger. But it’s combined with the tender romantic feelings – however brief – of dating. “I think in their search for a romantic link, people end up settling for something quick, even though it’s not what they’re looking for,” said Crystal Wood, a 19-year-old biology student at William Paterson University. According to new research on college sexual practices, hookups are the norm on campuses today. Students don’t date, they hook up. Unlike the casual sex of generations before, the hookup is an encounter that may involve anything from kissing to intercourse, with the common denominator being the absence of any phone call afterward. But the romance of the hookup – though it lasts just a few hours – brings intense feelings. “Almost nobody says that it’s all about sex. It’s much more emotional for them,” said Elizabeth Paul, a professor of psychology at the College of New Jersey near Trenton. She is among the first in the country to study hookups. Paul is finding that what appears to be a quest for uncomplicated sexual abandon may be a frustrated search for real intimacy. “It’s a quick burst of strong connection, without having to deal with the long-term consequences,” said Paul, who has long studied youth and intimacy. Paul began collecting data in a 2000 survey of 555 undergraduates. That study found that two-thirds of college students report having hookups....

Study Confirms the Risks of Premarital Sexual Activity (1/05)

Researchers at Ohio State University have affirmed what abstinence educators have long been saying: premarital sexual activity, even when limited, is extremely dangerous and carries extraordinary risks. The study, which tracked the sexual activity of an entire high school over 18 months, showed that more than half of those students who were sexually active were linked to 288 partners.   To determine how teenage sexual activity is webbed, researchers interviewed more than 80 percent of the students at a public high school in the Midwest. By linking current sexual partners with previous sexual partners, researchers found that more than 50 percent of the student body was linked in the same pool of sexual activity. This new study published in the American Journal of Sociology is not news to abstinence educators and underscores the need for abstinence education. “Teens need to know the truth,” said Leslee J. Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse. “They need to understand the dangerous realities of being sexually active before marriage. With STD rates skyrocketing among youth, educators need to stop promoting the lie that sex can be “casual” and that it can be free from consequences.” Besides teaching that only abstinence until marriage provides 100 percent protection against premarital pregnancy and STDs, abstinence education teaches teens the importance of saving sex for marriage. In fact, sharing the concept of sexual exposure is an important component in many abstinence education curricula. “The time has come to stop playing Russian roulette with our children’s futures. Contraception promoters have taught them that premarital sex can be risk-free when it simply can not,” said Unruh. “Abstinence educators will...

WHAT A SURPRISE! Study links teen sex to TV sexual content (9/04)

Young people who watch TV are about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found [Pediatrics, 9/04]. High exposure to TV sexual content among those aged 12-17 also was linked with a lower but still substantially increased risk of starting non-intercourse behavior, including passionate kissing and oral sex. Even shows that only refer to sex but don’t depict it had the effect. “Exposure to TV that included only talk about sex was associated with the same risks as exposure to TV that depicted sexual behavior,” said Rand Corp. behavioral scientist Rebecca Collins and colleagues. From innuendoes to depictions of intercourse, sex is pervasive on TV, present in about two-thirds of all shows other than news and sports, and teens watch an average of 3 hours of TV/day. [nationwide phone surveys of 1,792 adolescents queried in 2001 and again in 2002. Participants were asked how often they watched 23 high sex content shows & whether they engaged in sexual activities; results were compared from the 2 surveys.] Over the year, teens who had intercourse climbed from ~18 to 36%; sexual experiences other than intercourse climbed from 62 to 75% over 12 months. Factors that increased the likelihood of having intercourse included being older, having older friends and getting poor grades; TV still remained a strong influence.  [Pediatrics, 9/04; AP, Lindsey Tanner,  2004, Seattle Times...

January 2005: Abstinence

Survey: Teens Say Parents Influence Their Decisions About Sex Most More U.S. Teens Delay Having Sex, Study Finds Two New Reports         SURVEY: TEENS SAY PARENTS INFLUENCE THEIR DECISIONS ABOUT SEX MOST – A survey commissioned by The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy has revealed that US parents play the biggest role in a teenager’s decision to engage in sex before marriage. Teens rated the influence of parents at 37%, with the influence of their peers at only 33%. Nearly seven in 10 teens (69 percent) do not think it’s okay for high school teens to have sexual intercourse, whereas two-thirds of all sexually experienced teens (63 percent of boys and 69 percent of girls) said they wish they had waited longer to have sex. Teens (94 percent) were even more likely than adults (91 percent) to say that it is important for teens to be given a strong message from society that they should not have sex until they are at least out of high school. Six in 10 teens (64 percent) say morals and values are equally as important as health information and services in influencing teen sexual behavior and preventing teen pregnancy. The survey canvassed 1,000 young people age 12-19, and 1,014 adults 20+ years and provided nationally representative estimates of each age group. [telephone surveys took place in Sept 2004; conducted by International Communications Research. 16Dec04 LifeSiteNews.com; complete results of this survey-With One Voice 2004: Americas Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy — visit the National Campaign’s website, http://www.teenpregnancy.org./Default.asp?bhcp=1]   MORE U.S. TEENS DELAY HAVING SEX, STUDY FINDS and...

November/December 2004: Abstinence

New Government Report Offers Even More Evidence that Abstinence Education Works US Birth Rate For Young Teens Lowest Since 1946 California Teen Birth Rate Dropped 40% Between 1991-2002 Congress Agrees on FY-2005 Abstinence Education Funding Levels NEW REPORT OFFERS MORE EVIDENCE THAT ABSTINENCE EDUCATION WORKS – Amidst cries for scientific proof and medical accuracy, the CDC, National Center for Health Statistics released two reports today [10Dec04]  which offer even more evidence that abstinence education works. According to one of the reports, “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002” fewer teens are having sex. Declines were particularly large among males age 15-19. That correlates with the finding that the majority of teens reported receiving formal instruction on how to refuse sexual advances. The report also found that adolescents who chose to engage in sexual activity did so at older ages compared with a similar 1995 review. The findings of this report reveal the total number of teens abstaining from sex before marriage nearly achieves the Healthy People 2010 targets, six years early. Abstinence target rates of 90 percent for teens under age 15 and 75 percent for teens among 15-17 were set as a first wave goal. “It’s hard to argue with numbers. Abstinence education is reaching kids where they’re at and helping them to make healthy choices for their futures,” said Leslee J. Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse. “Kids want the truth. Contraception educators have been lying to them for decades, saying that sex outside of marriage can be casual and safe. That’s just not true and kids have learned it the hard...

Oral Sex and Various STDs

Oral Sex and Syphilis Syphilis is a highly contagious STD. Transmission usually occurs during vaginal, anal or oral sex when syphilitic sores or patches come into contact with slightly abraded skin or mucous membranes. Left untreated, syphilis can progress from painless ulcers to a rash, heart disease or memory loss, and death. While penicillin is a highly effective treatment, it cannot reverse damage already done by the disease. Oral sex is an efficient way to transmit syphilis, and has played an important role in a number of recent syphilis outbreaks.6,7,8 Oral Sex and Gonorrhea Gonorrhea is a very common, highly contagious STD that is passed through contact with infectious fluids. Gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, which can lead to abdominal pain and infertility. Infected pregnant women are at increased risk for miscarriage and premature births, and their infants can have serious eye infections. Gonorrhea survives well in the throat, and gonorrhea throat infections from oral sex are relatively common.9 Most people with throat infections have vaginal or penile infections as well. Although most throat infections from gonorrhea cause no symptoms, you can develop a sore throat, fever and swollen lymph nodes.  Oral Sex and Genital Herpes Herpes simplex-1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2) are very similar viruses that are transmitted by direct contact. In the past, most cold sores were caused by HSV-1 and most genital herpes was caused by HSV-2. Genital infections cause painful blisters, ulcers and difficulty while urinating and can recur for a whole lifetime. Although ongoing therapy can reduce the number and severity of recurrent infections, there is no cure. Genital...

Oral Sex: Is It Really Harmless Fun?

Oral sex is a form of sexual activity. There are very real risks of acquiring STDs/STIs which can cause serious harm to your body, perhaps for the rest of your life. For more information about oral sex, visit The Medical Institute. The Facts About Oral Sex & STDs For much of our culture, oral sex is a taboo topic—something too private and personal to discuss openly—but that silence has resulted in a dangerous lack of knowledge. When it comes to your health, ignorance isn’t bliss. In fact, it can be costly and painful. For the sake of your health and safety, you need to know the risks of oral sex.   What Is It? Oral sex is contact of one person’s mouth or tongue with the genitals of another person. Who’s Doing It? Anecdotes from educators and counselors suggest that oral sex is becoming common in both middle school and high school, even among many who consider themselves virgins. In one study of 12- to 15-year-olds, about one of every six students said they had tried oral sex (including many who had never had vaginal sex).2  In a study of senior high students, more than four out of five nonvirgins and one out of five virgins had tried oral sex.3 Teens exposed to drugs and alcohol are particularly likely to try oral sex.4 Is It Sex? There is widespread confusion about whether oral sex is sex. In one study, one third of college students believed that oral sex was abstinent behavior.5 However, if sexual activity is defined as bodily contact meant to give or derive sexual gratification, then it is...