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Abstinence Programs

Doctors, teachers, and other adults encourage young people to make healthy choices by: exercising, not smoking, saying “no” to drugs and alcohol, using sun block, and eating a well balanced diet. Why then do they tell young people they can’t control their sexual urges and it’s unhealthy to try to do so? Because of the epidemic of STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) sexual behavior is truly a life and death issue. Many STD’s can literally scar an individual for life, and a few of them are deadly. The possible physical repercussions of sex outside of marriage can be devastating, but they are far outweighed by the emotional and spiritual damage of shallow and selfish sexual pursuits.

Our goal is to provide young people with the tools they need to make choices that will bring them into healthy, satisfying and life-long relationships with no guilt and no regrets.

Abstinence

Many women today find themselves in sexual relationships that are unfulfilling and leave them feeling “used”. Some feel anger, bitterness and depression. These relationships can weigh heavily on your mind. This brings stress, worry, fear and regret into your life as you think about the possible effects of your sexual relationship; pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, infertility, cervical cancer, etc.

Twenty years ago there were two major STDs, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. Today there are 25 major STDs. Many people do not have symptoms and may infect other people without knowing it.

The fastest growing STD is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Only 2% of men or women have symptoms of infection. It is very contagious and condoms offer almost no protection as it is spread by skin-to-skin contact in areas not covered by a condom. Some types of HPV can cause cancer. Recent statistics indicate that more women die each year from HPV related cervical cancer then from AIDS. Doctors are now finding cases of throat cancer caused by the spread of HPV through oral sex.

We believe our clients are capable of making wise choices about their sexual health. Given the right information and support they can start over.


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