Teen Pregnancy Prevention – For Teens

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Contact: Chavonda Carr

chavonda.carr@maryland.gov

Phone:(410) 219-7489 

Fax: (410) 548-5184

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It takes two people to cause a pregnancy...but it only takes one to prevent it.What can you do to prevent pregnancy?

How can I protect myself from sexually transmitted infections?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that can be caused by having sex. Here are some names of sexually transmitted infections:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Trichomoniasis

Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections include burning when urinating; sores, blisters, or bumps; unusual discharge from the penis or vagina; and/or rash or itching. However, sexually transmitted infections often have no symptoms at all. If you are sexually active, it is important to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or at the health department.

You can protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections by:

  • Practicing abstinence. The only 100% effective way to protect yourself from STIs is to not engage in oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
  • Practicing safer sex. If you do have sex, use a condom every time. You can buy condoms at grocery stores and pharmacies. The health department provides free condoms.

How do I know if my relationship is healthy?

Healthy relationships have:

  • Good communication
  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Compromise
  • Understanding

Unhealthy relationships have:

  • Control
  • Dishonesty
  • Disrespect
  • Intimidation
  • Hostility

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