Protect yourself from STDs!
As you grow up and your body starts to change, you may begin to realize that you want to be more than friends with someone. But a major consequence of getting intimate is the possibility of catching an STD! Just like you could catch a cold from being around someone who keeps sneezing and coughing, you can catch an STD by being intimate with someone. Here’s a scary statistic: Nearly half of the 19 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. However, there are smart ways to protect yourself!