Why should schools teach you about sex

Drawing of sex education

By Dania Herrera ’19

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Sex is a natural thing in life and everyone goes through it whether they were taught or not.

Schools around the nation have debated whether they should provide sex education to students. Schools should teach you about sex because it is a sensitive topic that comes with serious consequences, such as, pregnancy and STIs. Practice Abstinence!

Whenever someone isn’t protected, they are exposed to huge risks. Females would most likely get pregnant whenever performing sexual activity if they aren’t using protection. According to Advocates for Youth, “… the pregnancy rate for U.S teens aged 15-19 reached 67.8 pregnancies per 1000 young woman: its lowest point in more than 30 years, down 42% from its 1990 peak of 116.9 per thousand.” Young teenage girls have increased the pregnancy rate meaning they weren’t  using protection. Parents might not think it’s appropriate for their children to learn about sex, but the benefits drastically outweigh the costs.  On the other hand, people oppose sex education because it “debunks the typical sex-ed theory that providing contraceptives to teens will reduce underage conceptions and abortions.” This theory has been proven wrong by the evidence of the beginning of the paragraph since the lack of contraceptives will lead to less abortions because less girls would become pregnant.

Not having proper knowledge of the consequences in being sexually active can lead to infections and worst case scenario, death.  “New HIV infections increased by 21% among U.S adolescents and young adults aged 13-29… within this age group, new HIV infections increased 48% among African American males… teenagers ages 15 to 24 represent 25% of the sexually active population but acquire half of all new STIs. About 3.2 million teenage girls are infected with at least one of the most common STIs.” The amount of STIs within teenagers have been out of control. HIV is a serious virus that can lead to death if it isn’t treated. This is one of many consequences that can occur when uneducated students don’t have enough experience in learning about sex.

Based to the Centers Disease control and the Kaiser Family Foundation, “approximately 65 percent of all sexually transmitted infections contracted by Americans this year will occur in people under 24. One in four new HIV infections occurs in people younger than 22.”

Abstinence is an important part when it comes to sex education. Many people don’t know this method of birth control because they weren’t taught. Abstinence is simply defined as not having sex. Kids Health.org states that abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and STIs. Obviously, there are other forms of birth control methods but no other one compares to abstinence since abstinence is the only method that is proven to be 100% effective.

It is important to provide education for those who aren’t informed by their parents because our actions impact our life.

 

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