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I wish someone had been preaching abstinence in my ear when I was in high school. Being aware of them can help a young person make and stick to the decision to avoid premature sexual involvement.
That's not to say we should downplay the physical consequences of uncommitted sex. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — and there are now more than 20 — can rob you of your health and even your life.
Consistent and correct condom use during vaginal sex can reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS by about 85% but only if a person uses them correctly 100% of the time.
Consistent condom use reduces by only 50% the risk for chlamydia — the cause of virtually all cervical cancer in women — a significant risk remains.
About 15% of adults who use condoms to prevent pregnancy find themselves pregnant over the course of a year.It's the emotional or psychological dimension of sex that makes it distinctively human.Our entire person — mind, body, and feelings — is involved.For one thing, most of us have never heard this aspect of sex discussed. The media don't depict the emotional consequences of sex; indeed, television and the movies typically depict sex as consequence-free.
That's why sexual intimacy has potentially powerful emotional consequences.Why is it so much harder to discuss sex and emotional hurt — to name and talk about the damaging psychological effects that can come from premature sexual involvement?