Three million teenagers will contract a sexually transmitted disease and one in three women will become pregnant before they are twenty years old. Teens are contracting sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant at an alarming rate causing the government, schools, and parents to scratch their heads. America is the country with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world. Many are wondering what can be done to stop this. A debate has been going on about whether abstinence only education is doing any good for high school students in America. Abstinence only education teaches teenagers to abstain from all sexual acts until they are married. It does not teach about pregnancy or the different types of contraceptives that are available to prevent pregnancy. On the other hand, there is safe sex education. Safe sex education teaches teenagers facts about intercourse they need to know, acknowledges the potential consequences or risks of sexual behavior, and helps them make better decisions to protect themselves and their bodies.
There are a few major differences between safe sex education and abstinence only. Abstinence only education is all about, “just saying no.” They teach to abstain from all sexual acts until marriage. Safe sex education takes a very different approach. It teaches all about sex, the consequences of sex, contraceptives, different STDs, ways to protect yourself from STDs, pregnancy, and other issues regarding teen bodies. There is a debate against these different sex education programs because some think abstinence only education does not have any effect on teenagers while some believe that safe sex education encourages teenagers to engage in sexual behavior. Over 750,000 girls became pregnant each year making the United States have the highest teenage pregnancy rate of any developed country. 19 million new STD cases appear each year with half of them being youth ages 15-24 and 5,259 people were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS ages 13-24. Abstinence only education is the sex education program preferred by the federal government. Their funding has gone from 50 million a year in 1996 to over 87 million dollars annually.
Safe sex education teaches students the facts about intercourse that they need to know. Many teenagers do not even realize that oral sex is actually sex with consequences and they end up with gonorrhea of the throat or oral herpes. Students as young as 12 that are in middle school experiment with oral sex because they see it as far less dangerous. It has become a trend among younger generations. Another shocking trend among younger teenagers is anal sex. They believe that they are still preserving their virginity and staying safe. Sex is not just vaginal intercourse and safe sex education distinguishes all the ways that sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from one person to another. Teenagers also need to know the different ways they can protect themselves from both sexually...