Teens Health Talk
Teens Talk and Holla Back
Sexual Attitudes and Practices
- From Marissa: When should you become sexually active?
Corey says: You should become sexually active when you absolutely feel it is the right time for you. If you cannot make this decision for yourself, you are most likely not ready to have sex. Of course, be aware of all the consequences of having sex, if it’s not protected sex, such as STDs and especially pregnancy.
- From Angelo: Do you think that sex addiction really exists?
Sandy Says: Yes it does. The Internet and media contribute to this addiction. The world of pornography and the concept that sex sells makes it hard to get away from it. According to research, a traumatic childhood can have a lasting effect on a person, and contribute to sex addiction as well.
- Sheila Asked: Should you let your parents know that you are sexually active?
Reenee says: If you are sexually active, you should talk to your parents about your decision. If you feel that you can’t talk to yur parents about your choice, you should talk to some other adult that you trust, like an aunt or teacher.
- Michael asked: Should schools give students free condoms?
Reenee says: Different school systems have different policies about this. However, I think schools should give students free condoms because students are going to decide whether or not to have sex regardless of whether or not their schools give them condoms. Since schools cannot force anyone to not have sex. I think the best thing for them to do is give free condoms to students who want to protect themselves.
- From Dakota: What are the different condoms?
William says: There are latex, plastic, and natural condoms, (like lamb or sheep skin). Some latex condoms are opaque or white, and some are clear. Condoms also come in fancy colors, and different textures (or feels).
The condom tips below come from Health Power, our parent organization.
Health Power Tips for Condom Selection and Use:
- Be sure the package condoms come in says that they’re effective for protection against HIV and other STDs when used properly.
- Oil based lubricants should never be used with latex condoms.
- Don’t use condoms that contain the spermicide, nonoxynol-9.
- Since natural or animal skin condoms often leak, they should not be used.
- Condoms whose expiration date has expired should never be used.
- Condoms should never be stored in a warm place.
- When condoms are not used properly – that includes how they’re taken off as well as how they’re put on – they are not effective.