This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy. Talking with teens about sex-related topics, including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and pregnancy, is a positive parenting practice that has been widely researched. Following are some actions and approaches parents might take to improve communication with their teen about these challenging, hard-to discuss health concerns. Your teen may be getting messages about sex, relationships, and the prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy from a variety of sources, including teachers, friends, health care providers, television, and social media.
Talking with Your Teens about Sex: Going Beyond “the Talk”
U.S. teens are having less sex — but stigmatizing their sexuality does more harm than good
The number is I am consistently surprised by the ways older teenage and young adult students report having had their sexuality stigmatized and devalued. As a researcher who specializes in teenage sexuality and culture in comparative perspective, I was struck by framing: The Youth Risk Behavior Survey frames adolescent sexuality as a risk behavior, rather than a normal and developmentally appropriate exploration. The CDC website describes the survey as an effort to understand the "leading causes of illness, death, and disability" among youths. This framing itself is damaging to adolescents and deprives them of the guidance they need from trusted adults at home, at school or in the doctor's office. Indeed, as I start the semester — remotely via TV screen and small Zoom boxes — I am consistently surprised by the ways older teenage and young adult students report having had their sexuality, including their romantic relationships, stigmatized and devalued. I believe their development as young adults is being hindered by the framing of sexuality as a "health risk.
Sex and teenagers
Before you decide to have sex or if you are already having sex, you need to know how to stay healthy. Even if you think you know everything you need to know about sex, take a few minutes and read on. Your doctor wants to make sure you know the facts.
We saw earlier that the percentage of teenagers who have sex greatly increased during the s and s. Regardless of what one thinks about premarital sex, this increase had at least two important practical consequences: It greatly increased the risk of teenage pregnancy, and it greatly increased the risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases STDs. For these and other reasons, teenage sex rightly arouses much concern. This section examines trends in teenage sex and pregnancy, the reasons for these trends, and possible measures for reducing teenage pregnancy. As part of this examination, it also discusses sexually transmitted disease, which affects sexually active teens but also sexually active people beyond their teen years.