Now, let's consider a situation that many teens face after they have been dating for a long time: whether or not they are ready to have sex.
- Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you aware of your options and the consequences of being sexually active?
- Are you balancing all aspects of your life in your decision, including your present desires and future goals?
- Then, make a conscious choice.
One expert says: "The short answer is that you are definitely not ready if you haven't talked about and prepared ways to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections."
You have a choice about the kind of relationships you want to have with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Remember, if you are pressured or forced to have sex or perform sexual acts against your will, you are a victim of dating violence.
Also, just letting it happen can have consequences, too. For those of you not thinking about sexuality, please don't tune out now. Someday, you'll face these choices.
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