Promiscuity in teenagers can be a serious problem for several reasons. Obviously there are negative health effects associated with risky sexual behaviors. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and premature pregnancies among them.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
We all know the dangers of STIs and especially HIV/AIDS. This information is especially relevant in Miami which has the nation's highest rate of new HIV infections. Irresponsible sexual behavior can literally put your teenager's life at risk. And if they contract one STI it doubles their chances of contracting other STIs including HIV.
Premature pregnancies can also be dangerous for young teenage girls. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than women over 19 years old. For teenagers younger than 15, the chances they will die during pregnancy or childbirth is 5 times higher than women over 19.
In addition to these serious health risks sexual promiscuity can negatively affect your teenager's relationships. Because of their early developmental stage teenage girls are much more likely to sexualize love. This means that they mix up sex and love. Adults realize that this is a recipe for heartbreak but teenagers may genuinely believe that sex=love.
For male teenagers sexually promiscuous behavior can contribute to an objectification of women that hinders their ability to form healthy relationships in the future that are based on mutual respect. This is a especially relevant to teenage boys considering the misplaced admiration in society for men who have multiple sexual partners.
If you are worried that your teenage girl or boy is engaging in premature and irresponsible sexual acts call Miguel Brown at 786-664-7426 or request a Consultation by filling out the form to the right.
By Miguel Brown