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Jun 27

STIs – Am I Really at Risk?

Posted By iamincontrol | June 27, 2013

Am I really at risk?
By Betty

Lots of teens ask, “Am I really at risk for an STI?  I would know if I had one, right?”  As a nurse, I find that many people underestimate their risk for infection.  Sexually transmitted infections are not something people want to think about, let alone discuss with their friends, so it is very easy to assume they are not a reality…they only happen to “other people.”  Also, most people infected with STIs do not have symptoms and are unaware they are infected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are more than 19.7 million people with new STIs in the United States every year.  More than half of all people will have an STI at some point in their life.  Your lifestyle plays a big role in preventing STIs, so here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  • Avoid sex at an early age. 
    Every year, one in 4 teens gets an STI.  Young people (ages 15-24) have the highest rates of STIs.  Even though they represent only ¼ of the population that are having sex, they account for ½ of new infections.  Also, because the cervix is not fully developed, it is easier for young women to get infected with an STI.
  • Limit your partners.
    Your risk of contracting an STI increases with each partner you have.  Studies show that women with five or more sexual partners were eight times more likely to report having an STI than those with only one partner.
  • Use condoms every time, for every kind of sex. 
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May 23

Waiting for Sex: Why It’s GREAT

Posted By iamincontrol | May 23, 2013

young couple holding hands
By Anonymous


Does anyone NOT have it?  Because it seems like everyone around me does.

We hear about sex ALL the time.  Sex is a big part of movies and conversations with friends.  What’s the big deal?

I think waiting for sex has been one of the better decisions that I have made in my short lifetime.


As crazy as it sounds, I like being able to look forward to sex.

I like being able to have the mystery in what that might be like.

It creates suspense.  Fun suspense.

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Apr 25

Using Condoms Correctly

Posted By iamincontrol | April 25, 2013

By ShaleyCondoms

You may be wondering – What’s the big deal about using condoms anyway?

Did you know that condoms are the only way to help protect against STIs? Other birth controls, like the pill, only help protect against unplanned pregnancy. The pill does not help protect against STIs at all! This is why it is so important to use condoms. However, in order for condoms to work you must use them CORRECTLY and CONSISTENTLY every time you have sex.  Using a condom to protect yourself and your partner shows a lot of responsibility on your part, so you can be proud that your actions are keeping you both safe and healthy.

Here are the steps to using a condom the correct way:

  1. Check the date – Condoms expire ya know! Read More
Apr 2

Top 10 Tips for Having a Fun & Safe Prom Night

Posted By iamincontrol | April 2, 2013

The results are in!  Last month’s poll was:

What are you looking forward to most on prom night?

You guys said…

  • Dancing the night away (55%)
  • Spending a romantic evening with my date (11%)
  • The before and after party (11%)
  • Dressing up (11%)
  • I’m not looking forward to anything (11%)

Prom night will probably be one of the things you remember most about high school, so here are some ways to make sure your prom night is full of good memories and not regret.

  1. First, remember to have fun!  Surround yourself with friends who will dance and laugh the night away with you.
  2. Remember that you don’t need a date to have a good time.  Going with a group of friends can be just as fun and can be less pressure.
  3. Charge your cell phone and keep it with you at all times.  You will need it to communicate with both your friends and your parents or guardians.
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Feb 28

For Guys: Do I want to have sex? Am I ready to have sex?

Posted By iamincontrol | February 28, 2013

Smiling teen boy
By Danny

When I was a teenager, I started to ask myself two questions: Do I want to have sex? Am I ready to have sex? These were hard questions to answer, and hearing stories from my friends about their sexual encounters only made things more confusing. I felt pressure to hook up with girls, but didn’t know if I wanted to or if I was ready. To help answer these questions, I found it helpful to consider these three areas: 

1) Physical Safety
Is your body ready to have sex? Is your partner’s body ready to have sex?
Do you have access to contraceptives (for example, condoms)? Do you know what a condom is? Do you know how to correctly use a condom?

2) Emotional Safety
Do you and your partner feel comfortable having sex?
Do you and your partner respect each other’s thoughts, feelings, and values?
Is my partner a responsible person?

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Dec 27

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Posted By iamincontrol | December 27, 2012

By George

Let’s talk about Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs.  STIs are one of the most common illnesses affecting adolescents and young adults.  In fact, the majority of STI cases occur in this group.  First, let’s look at a few interesting facts.

Did you know…

  1. 1 in 2 sexually active young people get an STI by the age of 25.
  2. Many STIs cause no symptoms, meaning that you may have an STI and not know it.
  3. All STIs are treatable and many are curable.
  4. Untreated STIs can cause long-term damage.
  5. Getting tested is easy and confidential.

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Nov 15

Contraceptives: How do I choose?

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012

By Alyssa

Girl choosing between condom and birth control pillsChoosing the right kind of contraceptive can be a difficult decision.  Some of the things you have to consider about the different types include effectiveness, cost, personal preference, and how easily you can get it.  To look at the pros and cons of each kind of birth control (for both guys and girls!), check out this Contraceptive Comparison site.  It’s really easy to use and may help you make your decision.

Another thing to consider is using more than one kind of birth control at the same time.  For example, if you are a girl taking birth control pills, you and your partner should still use condoms to protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Birth control pills alone do NOT protect against STIs, so if you plan on using only the pill, make sure both you and your partner get tested for STIs before you start any sexual activity.  Also remember that certain kinds of birth control, like the pill, take time to start working, so use a backup method of birth control in the meantime.

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