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Teen sex is more prevalent than you think:

Almost one out of every three ninth graders has had sex at least once.

The U.S. continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.

One out of seven high school students reports having had sex with four or more partners.

Teen sex has physical and emotional consequences

One in four teenage girls nationwide has a STD.

The younger a teen starts having sex, the greater the risk of pregnancy. Almost half of all girls who have sex before age 15 will get pregnant.

Research shows that teen sex can deflate self-esteem, erode optimism, and spoil the quality of intimate relationships.

Sixty-six percent of teens who have had sex wish they had waited longer.

Teens and young adults have the highest STD infection rate in the U.S., with 50 percent of all newly diagnosed STDs.

Kids want to hear from their parents

Teens rank parents as the number one influence on their sexual decisions.

Eighty-eight percent of teens say it would be easier to avoid sexual activity if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

Six out of ten teens say their parents are their role models for healthy, responsible relationships.

Print Resources

Pamphlets you can share with your teen about sticking to limits, choosing abstinence, and saying 'no' are available for free upon request.  Call 801-851-7095 or email talking2teens.utahcounty@gmail.com for more information.
Free copies of 'Parents, Teens and Sex: The Big Talk Book' are available upon request while supplies last.  Call 801-851-7095 or email talking2teens.utahcounty@gmail.com for more information.

STD chart
Ten Tips for Talking
Parents, Speak Up!
Teen Chat Booklet
Good answers for tough questions
Know what your teens are learning in their health classes at school:
Secondary Health Education Core Curriculum from Utah State Office of Education
Human Sexuality FAQ from Utah State of Education

Community Agencies

Utah County Health Department – 151 S. University Ave., Provo, UT 84601 (801) 851-7095
Website:www.utahcountyonline.org/Dept2/Health/

Centro Hispano - 817 South Freedom Boulevard Provo, UT 84601 (801) 655-0258
Website: http://www.centrohispanouc.org/

Utah County Teen Pregnancy Council – 151 S. University Ave., Provo, UT 84601 801-851-7095

Utah State Office of Education - 250 East 500 South SLC, UT, 84114 (801) 538-7500
Website: www.schools.utah.gov/main/

Parent Education Resource Center - 58 North State St. Orem, UT 84057 (801) 229-7390
Website: oremperc.org