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Teens Say Condoms Ruin the Fun. HIV Says It Doesn't Care.

When you preach safe sex to the young ones, be sure to practice what you preach.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 1.1 million Americans are living with the HIV virus.  About one in five of those don’t know it.  All I know is, that’s a whole lot of sexually active people who could give me AIDS. Or you.

The best way to keep us all protected is if every infected person knows about their condition. Since that’s not happening, every sexual person needs to be as careful as possible.

If you think I’m only talking about grown-up, mature adults, think again.

Last month, the CDC announced that nearly half of U.S. high school students say they’ve had sex.  Those same kids were asked about their condom use, the answer was, ”Not so much.”

Approximately 60% of so-called “experienced” teens say they used condoms the last time they had sex, and that’s up from the 46% who were using condoms in 1991. Bad news: Teen condom use today is still lower than the high of 63% reported in 2003.

Education at the high school level is critical because 4 of every 10 new HIV infections occur in a person younger than 30. I say, if your age is in double digits, you need to be learning about safe sex. Period.

Of course, more sex with more people equals more risk. In 1991, almost 20% of high schoolers said they’d had 4 or more sexual partners; that number is down to 15% now. (Four partners?! Who ARE these kids?)

In a 1996 survey, 62% of adults reported using a condom during their last sexual act outside of an ongoing relationship.  But if we’re in A Relationship, the numbers plummet to just 19%. Wow. Sure hope nobody’s cheating or anything.

Single NotMoms, show the next gen how it’s done. (So to speak.)

Use a condom. Every time. I’m talking to you, too, my Boomer peeps.

As for women happily, and newly, ensconced in a relationship, consider getting tested with your partner.  Once the (happy) results are in hand, that’s the time to consider giving up the Love Glove for good.

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James Murphy September 12, 2012 at 03:24 AM
since you have mentioned post after post, that you CHOSE not to have kids, please do not preach to those of us who do
Karen Malone Wright September 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Thanks, Garry.
Karen Malone Wright September 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I think Planned Parenthood would say, You're welcome.
Karen Malone Wright September 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Are you sure you were reading THIS blog? I am a woman without children "By Chance," which is no secret to close readers. My blog, however, represents ALL women without kids, whether they chose it or not. And the preaching was to keep you safe from AIDS. That's it.
Jack Kelly October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
"Are you sure you were reading THIS blog?" No, he didn't read it. That's because his reading comprehension is lacking something terrible.

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