Abstinence Counseling

Abstinence MEANS NOT HAVING SEX. DON’T BE FOOLED into thinking most teens are having sex. THEY AREN’T! Ask yourself, “Am I ready to have sex now?” “Am I ready to be a parent?”

Think About the Consequences!

  • Am I willing to risk getting gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, HPV or HIV?
  • Am I willing to risk getting pregnant?
  • Can I handle being a single parent?
  • Am I willing to give up my free time to care for a child?
  • Can I support a child on my own?
  • Can I handle the guilt and conflict I may feel?
  • Will my decision hurt others, my parents, and my friends?

What Should I Know About Relationships?

  • You don’t have to have sex to PROVE you like or love someone!
  • Sex should NEVER be used to pay someone back!
  • Mutual respect is what makes a relationship strong.
  • Saying “NO” can be the best way to say, “I love you!”

Some Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Am I sure no one is pushing me into having sex?
  • If we break up, will I be glad I had sex with this person?
  • Does my partner want sex now?
  • Is my partner infected with an STD including HIV?
  • Would my parents approve?
  • Can I take care of a child both emotionally and financially?

If the answer is NO to any of the above questions, then you should WAIT!

Are You Ready for Sex?

  • Abstinence, or the decision NOT to have sex, is the only right choice unless you are 100% willing to risk an unwanted pregnancy or an STD.
  • Remember, you can still choose to be abstinent, even if you have been sexually active and realized it is not for you!