Sex is a hot topic in our society, yet most of what we hear from friends and the media or even our parents may not be true. The truth is that sex within certain boundaries is a beautiful thing. Outside of those boundaries, however, there are consequences. Most people think of pregnancy as the only consequence, yet there are many others. Sex can have emotional, social, and physical consequences that may have a lasting impact on a person’s life.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the physical consequences of sex and/or sexual activity. STDs can be viral or non-viral. Non-viral STDs can be treated and cured if caught in a timely manner. Viral STDs are not curable, meaning they will be with you for life. Many of the symptoms of non-viral STDs may be treatable; however it is something that you will have to deal with for the long haul.  If you have been sexually active, it is important that you are tested for STD's.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are 19 million new infections that occur each year, with almost half of these infections being among young people ages 15 to 24.

Source: Weinstock H, et al. Sexually transmitted diseases among American youth: incidence and prevalence estimates, 2000. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2004;36(1):6-10.
In addition to the burden on youth, women are also severely affected. Biological factors place women at greater risk than men for the severe health consequences of STDs. The two most commonly reported infectious diseases in America — chlamydia and gonorrhea — pose a particular risk to the health of women, as both can result in infertility if left untreated. Together, these diseases were reported in almost 1.5 million Americans in 2007, but the majority of cases continue to go undiagnosed.

Both of these diseases, along with syphilis and herpes, have also been associated with increased HIV transmission, which is of particular concern among men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races and African-American men and women, where the HIV burden is now greatest.

Mission Statement

Care Net Manasota is a non-profit Christian organization whose primary purpose is to affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those whose lives are touched by crisis pregnancy.