By Kristen Berry
The premise of birth control and STD vaccines is to allow for sex without pregnancy or disease. The key word here is allow, and teens process its meaning quickly and often decipher it as sex without consequences.
However, teens are not emotionally equipped to withstand the psychological effects of sex. They are not mature enough to fully understand the implications of sexual intimacy, but still, many parents are willing to supply them with everything they need for the “go-ahead” under the assumption that it’s safe. Condoms break, there is no cure for herpes or AIDS and the birth control pill boasts a plethora of side-effects and risks other than merely preventing pregnancy. HPV vaccines recommended for girls as young as nine are a tacit approval for future promiscuity.