Sexual sin was a common shortfall amongst characters immortalized in the Bible. Who can forget Samson’s downfall with Delilah, or David’s demise with Bathsheba? Every time a sexual sin was committed, somebody paid a price.
These days, it’s teenage girls who’re paying the price.
In November of 2009, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study concerning teen sex that was published in the medical journal Pediatrics. That report claimed that one-in-four (24.1%) American girls between the ages of 14 and 19 were infected with a sexually transmitted disease, many of whom were infected after their first sexual encounter. For girls who were more sexually experienced, the percentage was higher than one-in-three (37.7%).
The research team tested 838 young females for STDs such as Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, herpes, and HPV. HPV was the most common STD amongst the girls, with Chlamydia following closely behind.
A similar report from the CDC released just one week earlier found that teen girls ages 15 to 19 accounted for the largest number of reported Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases in the US. It also found that black females continue to have higher rates of STDs than any other racial or ethnic group.
Questions about how to best deal with the epidemic rage on: Who’s to blame for the problem? What’s the role of the family and school in this matter? Should condoms be given to kids? What should be taught to kids, safe sex or abstinence?
One of the big answers is quite simple; teenagers (and their parents) can take one single instruction from God’s Word on the matter and thereby avoid pain associated with this problem.
Flee from sexual immorality. (1 Cor. 6:18)
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