“More than 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed each year [and] three million of them among teenagers alone.”(Lewen) A sexually transmitted disease is just like any other disease that can be cured. When died from polio in history it was because they did not have any preventative measures or any vaccinations to prevent themselves from getting it.
Now that there is a cure for polio and diseases like pneumonia everyone gets a vaccination. There is a cure and a preventative measure available and people take it. Sexually transmitted diseases have been the cause of death of many individuals in history including philosophers. If these people had access to birth control devices such as condoms that also prevent sexually transmitted diseases there indubitably would have been no debate about it. “Compared to older adults, adolescents (10 to 19 years old) are at a higher risk for acquiring STDs for a number of reasons, including limited access to preventative and regular health care and physiologically increased susceptibility to infection.(U.S. Teen Sexual Activity) When there is a cure or a preventative measure available it is only logical to use it and make it available to everyone including to teenagers who are at a higher risk of getting an STD than an adult.
Human beings procreate. When one male and one female perform sexual intercourse and a pregnancy occurs the human species carries on. The “world population will reach 7 billion in 2012, according to a new estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau.” (Liang) Each time a new child comes into the world, the population increases and people who are already hungry and starving have to share their basic needs with one more soul. “Over the last decade, the percentage of all high school students (9-12th grade) who report ever having had sexual intercourse has declined. At the same time, among teens who are sexually active, rates of contraceptive use – including condom use – have increased. Both factors help to account for the decrease in teen pregnancy rates in recent years.” (U.S Teen Sexual Activity) With this statement it can be established that contraception use helps decline the rates of teenage pregnancies and maybe if more teenagers used the contraceptives religiously all over the world we might be able to add a few more years to 2012 in reaching the 7 billion target. After all we do not actually want to start eating our babies and accept Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal.
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