If you are teenager who has questions or concerns regarding sex, we recommend it is best to have a discussion with a parent, guardian or trusted adult; however this page will help you understand the many issues involving sex, dating, relationships and other teenage issues.
Sexual relationships presents risks. When you choose to refrain from any type of sexual play with a partner, you are choosing to practice abstinence. Abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and prevents STDs. To learn more about abstinence, please visit:
Before You Decide To Have Sex
Many teens make the mistake of giving into their urges without thinking things through. Hormones and social pressure may make you think you're ready to enter a sexual relationship. Sex is more than just a pleasurable act; it is a physical risk and an emotional gamble. Before you make the decision, please learn more here:
Safer Sex and Birth Control
If you choose to be sexually active, it's important to practice safe sex to protect yourself and your partner. To learn more about practicing safe sex, please visit:
We are here to help you discuss all your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need. To learn more about birth control methods please visit:
Protect your health. For more information and tools for people and commmunities on health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats, visit:
About Date Rape
Date Rape is when someone you know socially (but not family) makes you have sex against your will. It could be a stranger, or someone you love or trust, like your boyfriend. Date rape can happen to women (or men, guys can be victims of date rape too) of all ages, but young women between 15 and 24 are at highest risks. Sexual assault is a crime. Rape has nothing to do with love - it's about power and control.
Learning about what makes a romantic or sexual relationship healthy and unhealthy can help you decide if your relationship is good for you. It's important to remember that relationships can be unhealthy and even unsafe. Understanding the responsibilities to ourselves and to our partners can help you develop healthy relationships. For helpful information, please visit:
Some Helpful Resources
Are you a pregnant high school student or know one? Please contact Lou Gossom at Harrell Accelerated Learning Center, lgossom@WFISD.net
There are lots of other things for teens to consider in today's society. Social networks, automobiles and mobile devices all pose threats to teens as well. We urge you to make smart and safe decisions. For more information, please visit: