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Sex & Pregnancy (11 found)
Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Detailed instructions how to properly use a male condom.
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One way to know you’re ready for sex is that you’re able to have a conversation before you’re in the heat of the moment. Here, tips on how to do that. (full text)
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Kelly breaks down a study showing that, when girls outnumber guys in HS, girls compete for guys and are more willing to have sex rather than hold out for a relationship. Her advice to girls: don't play into the trend. (full text)
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Discovering that her peers are misinformed about birth control pills, Sherilyn gets the facts from Evelyn Intondi, associate vice president of clinical services at Planned Parenthood. (full text)
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In this Sex Ed column, Ravyn considers a study showing that many New York City teens have had same-sex partners. (full text)
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To prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, New York City distributes free condoms, including in many high schools. This article debunks the urban legend that the condoms are less reliable than those bought in stores. (full text)
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Two YCteen writers give their take on the sexting phenomenon, the practice of sending naked photos of yourself to your boyfriend or girlfriend via the internet. (full text)
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Two HIV-positive youth describe what it’s like to live with the virus. (full text)
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Facing an unplanned pregnancy at 16, the writer realizes she’s not ready to be a mother and opts for an abortion. (full text)
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The knowledge of sex that Nadishia gathered in her early teens has helped her make the right choices for herself. (full text)
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The writer has unprotected sex with his girlfriend. She becomes pregnant, has the baby, and cuts off all contact with the writer, who is devastated by guilt and anger. (full text)

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