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151 - Communicating Sexuality

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Communicating Sexuality Why are knowledge and communication about sex important? In 2002--by age 20, 77% of people have had sex, 75% have had premarital  sex, and 12% have married (Finer, National Survey of Family Growth, 2007) In 2005, 47% of high school students reported having engaged in sexual  intercourse (CDC).  There are 830,000 pregnancies among young girls 15-19 years old each year  (CDC, 2005), and approximately 30% of teenage girls become pregnant at  least once before their 20th birthday (National Campaign to Prevent Teen  Pregnancy, 2006).  9.1 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases and close to 5,000 cases of  HIV/AIDS occur annually among persons 15-24 years (CDC, 2005). Poppen, 2009) “Known” partners as “safe” partners Confidence in one’s “knowledge” o E.g., Length and involvement increases confidence, but not accuracy
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