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"Teens think they will never get pregnant because they are young and nothing bad will ever happen to them. The rate can be decreased if they are taught that this isn't true. Education is the only way to stop ignorance." — Sandy, 17
"Teens get pregnant because schools aren't teaching us everything we need to know about not getting pregnant. In some places, kids just learn that they shouldn't have sex, but don't get told what to do to be safe if they do have sex. Condoms should be made available for teens everywhere — at school, at home, and at the doctor's." — Serenity, 18
Dr. George Tiller prepares for work at his Kansas clinic. Before he puts on his lab coat and stethoscope, he dons a bulletproof vest. From PRCH’s 2003 documentary film, Voices of Choice
“ Here in Texas, we need to wake up and recognize that teaching our children about contraception is the best way to prepare them to be healthy adults. It is no coincidence that our state denies teens information about birth control and has the highest teen birth rate in the nation.”
“ As a physician who treats many adolescents, I encourage my patients to involve their parents in decisions regarding their healthcare. But that should not preclude schools from providing their students with the health resources they need, including medically accurate health education, and yes, if needed, reliable contraception."
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections account for about half of STIs among 15-24-year-olds each year.
HPV is extremely common, often asymptomatic and generally harmless. However, certain types, if left undetected and untreated, can lead to cervical cancer, penile cancer, cancer of the anus, and other cancers.
In June 2006, the FDA approved the vaccine Gardasil as safe and effective for use among girls and women aged 9-26. The vaccine prevents infection with the types of HPV most likely to lead to cervical cancer.
Men can also be affected by HPV; Gardasil is being considered for boys as well as girls, primarily to prevent transmission
“ Physicians have an obligation to provide the best evidence-based care to our patients. As individuals, we may have differing opinions about the morality of sexual behavior, but those opinions should not play a role in how we practice medicine.”