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Teenage Sexuality

This is a collection of safer sex resources for, and about, teens.
Can I get an STD from having sex with a virgin?
Some people think that if they have sex with a virgin that they can't get an STD and the virgin can't get pregnant. Just because a person is a virgin, however, doesn't mean that they haven't been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, and vaginal intercourse can make anyone pregnant.
Why You Should Talk to Your Teen About Sex
Some parents would rather do just about anything than talk to their kids about sex. Teen sex is their nightmare, and they hope that by not talking about it, or by just talking about abstinence and virginity, that their teens will never have any. Sadly, it doesn't work like that. Not talking about sex with your children doesn't stop them from hearing about it, it just stops them from hearing about it from you.
What is a validated instrument?
A validated instrument is a series of questions that have been shown to actually ask what scientists want to know. This is more difficult than you'd think. Survey research is a picky business.
I told my kid about the birds and the bees. Now I'm done, right?
Some parents think that if they've had one good conversation about the birds and the bees that their work in educating their kids about sex is done. Is one sex talk, though, really enough?
How do scientists know if people in their studies are telling the truth?
Sexuality research is hard. Researching topics like teen sex is harder. How do scientists know if teens are telling the truth about abstinence on surveys? Short answer: They don't.
Myths About Safe Sex
I have been infuriated by some of the things I read on the Internet when it comes to safe sex. Everywhere I look, there are people spouting ridiculous untruths to get their partners to sleep with them without a condom...
Should States Be Allowed to Mandate the HPV Vaccine?
The state of Texas' recent decision to mandate vaccination with the HPV vaccine has drawn a lot of controversy. Why might mandating the HPV vaccine be a good idea? Are there any downsides?
The Problem With Virginity Pledges
Focusing on the abstract concept of virginity is a dangerous way to approach sex education. Ask any two people, and they may not even agree on what it means. That's a problem, because shouldn't sex education help you figure out what you should and shouldn't do?
What Should I Know About The Hymen?
The hymen is a ring of tissue that fully or partially blocks the entrance to the vagina
Top 10 Reasons to Support Comprehensive Education in Schools
Research has shown time and time again that abstinence-only education doesn't work. Here's my top 10 reasons you should support comprehensive sex education in schools.
Why Are Young Women More Biologically Susceptible To Cervical Infections?
The transformation zone of the cervix is larger in young women.
Teen Sex and Teen Sexuality
Some important things your teenager should know about sex
Teens Tell Their Stories About Negotiating Condom Use
Negotiating condom use can be difficult at any age, but it can be particularly hard when you're a teenager. This is a collection of articles written by teenagers about their experiences with condom use.
Scarlet Teen
The Scarlet Teen website bills itself as "Sex Education for the Real World," and it is. It covers everything from self esteem, to a sex readiness checklist, to stories about teenagers first times in plain language suitable not just for its teenage audience, but for curious adults as well.
Teen Wire
Teen Wire is Planned Parenthood's sex and relationship resource for teenagers. It contains information about everything even remotely related to sex and sexuality, in a fun layout designed to encourage teens to learn more.
Sex Etc.
Sex Etc. is a web magazine about sex magazine written by teens for teens.
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