Adolescent Sexual Behavior Is Harmful At Risk Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases ( Std )

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I. Introduction
a. Adolescents who engage in sexual activity place themselves at risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or unplanned pregnancies.
b. Many teenagers and adolescents are misled or hold fabricated beliefs concerning STD and teenage pregnancy. By every measure, adolescent sexual behavior is harmful to the well-being of all involved.
c. Each year, one in every 20 adolescents and young adults will develop a new STD (Department of Reproductive Health and Research, 2007).
d. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010) estimates that there are approximately 19 million new STDs each year and almost half of them are among young people between ages 13 and 24. STDs cost the United States health care system an estimated $15.9 billion annually (CDC, 2010).
e. According to CDC (2011), teen pregnancy accounts for nearly $11 billion per year in costs to United States taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.
f. In spite of a considerable decline in teen pregnancy in the United States, pregnancy, birth rates and several STDs are still extremely high; furthermore, the United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy, births, and abortions in the fully industrialized world (National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2010).
g. Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases…

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