Truth or Myth?

Alcohol and drugs make it harder to say no to sex.

Truth — Those under the influence of alcohol and drugs are more likely to make poor decisions.

*Those under the influence of alcohol and drugs are also unable to legally consent to sexual activity. Anyone who engages in sex or sexual contact with someone who is impaired due to the influence of drugs or alcohol can be charge with sexual assault.

Girls can’t get pregnant the first time they have sex.

Myth ­— Once a girl has begun ovulation she has the potential of conceiving.

More than 300,000 teenage girls (in the United States) will get pregnant this year.

Truth — In 2013, the most recent year for which pregnancy data is available, there were over 455,000 teen pregnancies in the US.

You can tell if a person has an STI.

Myth — Most people with an STI don’t know they have one, and there is no way for their partner to tell. Only a medical professional can diagnose (certain) STIs.

If a male uses a condom he can’t get a female pregnant.

Myth — According to typical use rates, there is a 18% failure rate with condoms to prevent pregnancy

You can pass on an STI to another person even if you don’t know you have one.

Truth — STIs do not have to have symptoms to be contagious.

Almost every high school student has had sex.

Myth — In Kent County, 78% of teens have not had sex. (2015-2016)

Only 41.2% of teens nationwide have ever had sexual intercourse (2015).

Sexual urges can be controlled.

Truth — Having sex is an active decision.

As long as both people agree, it is always legal to have sex.

Myth — In the State of Michigan, no one under the age of 16 can legally consent to sex (in some other states, the age of consent is 18). And there are other situations when people “agree” when they are not legally able.

There are fewer STIs today than ever before.

Myth — In the 1960’s there were 2 or 3 STIs, now there are over 30. There are 20 Million new cases every year.

A sexually active person has a greater chance of getting an STI than getting pregnant.

Truth — Sexually active teens are much more likely to experience an STI than a pregnancy.

Some STIs cause cancer.

Truth — HPV and Herpes can cause cancer

Most teens wish they had waited to have sex.

Truth — 67% of females, and 53% of males (12-19) wish they had waited longer to have sex.

A pregnant mother with HIV will always give birth to a baby with HIV.

Myth — There are drugs that a pregnant mom can take to help reduce the risk of passing HIV on to her child

Healthy dating relationships usually include sex.

Myth — Sex outside of marriage is usually destructive to dating relationships.

Only half of teens in Kent County have had sex.

Myth — Less than ¼ of teens in Kent County (21.5%) have ever had sex.