Testimonial 3



When Sean and I started going out we agreed that we weren't gonna have sex until marriage. It was important to both of us. He never pressured me. However, less than a year into our relationship we began having oral sex because we didn't really consider that sex. I thought, "As long as we're not having intercourse we're still saving something." I can see how stupid that was now but at the time, I still considered myself a virgin (even though I didn't feel much like one afterwards). Well, you know the song, over the next several months our relationship really went downhill. We broke up and got back together 4 times. The last time we tried getting back together he began pressuring me to have sex. We did; just once, and later that week we broke up for good.

In the beginning, oral sex seemed like no big deal, but it really messed everything up. It was kinda like a "gateway drug", because it led me into so manyother crappy decisions which later turned into crappy consequences. The emotional roller coaster was one thing but the std and pregnancy test game that I have to play all the time now is no joke either. For awhile, I was scared that the sores that would come ang go from time to time on my mouth were from genital herpes. The good news is that the doctor said that they were just cold sores... The bad news is that it cost me $300 to run the std test to find out. If I knew the story was going to turn out like this I would have never signed up for the part!

Facts:


  • Every year, there are approximately 18.9 million new cases of STDs (51,780 per day) (10,000 teens per day) (+/-)

    American Social Health Association

  • 48-percent of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age or younger. (+/-)

    American Social Health Association

  • It is estimated that as many as one in four Americans have genital herpes, yet at least 80% of those with herpes are unaware they have it. (+/-)

    American Social Health Association

  • At least 15% of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the result of an untreated STD. (+/-)

    American Social Health Association

  • Less than half of adults ages 18 to 44 have ever been tested for an STD other than HIV / AIDS. (+/-)

    American Social Health Association

  • In the 60s only syphilis and gonorrhea were common. Today there are at least 30 STDs, and at least eight new pathogens have been identified since 1980, including HIV. (+/-)

    Medical Institute for Sexual Health

  • Of sexually active teens, 50 percent have HPV, 20-percent have Herpes II, and 10-percent have Chlamydia. (+/-)

    Medical Institute for Sexual Health

  • Nearly all cases of cervical cancer in women are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and Condoms provide little to no protection against this disease. (+/-)

    Medical Institute for Sexual Health