GET REAL WITH THE FACTS
Scaring teenagers into abstinence is rarely effective, but having a serious discussion regarding STDs will open their eyes to the risks. Tell them how most men with HPV never develop symptoms, and that herpes can lie dormant without visible symptoms for years. Tell them STDs can spread not only during unprotected sex but also during oral sex, as research shows more than 16 million Americans diagnosed with oral HPV. It is all about education.