Sexually Transmitted Diseases, STD’s, are a very serious issue that is often swept under the rug of society. This is an issue that many people do not like to talk about, let alone parents talking to their children about the issue. In early adolescents there are so many changes in a young person, between the estrogen in young girls bringing about development and menarche and the androgens in young males gathering interest in sex, hormones are on the rise. If young teens are not educated early on about practicing safe sex, their changes increase the chances of contracting an STD. There are several different types of STD’s, some which are curable, but there are some which there are no cure. AID’s is the most serious STD, but there are other STD’s that have no cure, and can be life altering.
Parents, this is a very important time in your child’s life. No matter how uncomfortable the conversation may be, early adolescents are the time to start talking to your pre-teens and teens about the importance of protection. Parents also need to educate your selves to the dangers of STD’s and how they are transmitted. Education is always the best protection.