Sexual Health

We care about your Sexual Health. You have the freedom to choose whether to be sexually active or not during your years prior to finding the person that you’ll marry and spend the rest of your life with. This page is designed to offer you some important information to help you to make wise, safe, and positive choices for yourself.

The Choice is yours.

Premarital Sex Concerns:

Emotional effects such as doubt, fear, rejection, low self-image, anger, bitterness, depression, and loss of trust may occur when giving in to the pressures of a sexual relationship without the safety and commitment of marriage.

Physical effects such as an unwanted pregnancy or an STD may also result.

Saving Sex Until Marriage;

Gives you control of your life, develops self-respect, & allows growth of a healthy relationship built on honesty and trust.

Gives you time to pursue and reach your goals.

Understand that love is not the same thing as lust.

True love is about commitment and a relationship that values you as a total person of heart, mind, dreams and emotions. The sexual relationship which only involves body parts is not true intimacy.

You ARE worth the wait!

*Some Facts to Consider about STDs

  • Nearly 19 million people become infected with STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) yearly. That’s 52,000 a day.
  • Next to the common cold and flue, STDs are the most common diseases in America.
  • More than 1 in 5 Americans are presently infected with an STD.
  • STDs are contagious even when no symptoms exist..
  • 65 million Americans are infected with an incurable STD.
  • 15-24 year-olds are only 1/4th of the sexually active population. They account for almost 1/2 (25,000 per day) of known STD infections.
  • 35-50 kinds of STDs exist, 25 are very common.
  • Some types of STDs have no initial symptoms and can be spread to a partner unknowingly.
  • New strains of STDs have been found which are resistant to treatment.
  • STDs may cause chronic pain and permanent damage.
  • An STD infection can increase the possibility of contracting AIDS.
  • Some STDs are incurable, life-long infections. Some can cause life-threatening disease or death.

*Guttmacher Institute, Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_sti.html)

Beware: If you have had sex with only one person, who had sex with two others, who also had sex with two others…you have been exposed to them ALL!

Important Information on the “Morning After Pill”, “Plan B”

Get the facts…

Is it safe?

How does it work? Follow these links!

http://www.morningafterpill.org

Links to Common STD Fact Sheets:

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

Chlamydia

Bacterial Vaginosis

PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)

Genital Herpes

STDs and Pregnancy

Hepatitis B

Trichomoniasis

HIV/AIDS

Pubic Lice (crabs)

HPV