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Parents' guide to having the sex talk
According to CDC, "All 50 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow minors to consent for their own health services for STDs. No state requires parental consent for STD care or requires that providers notify parents that an adolescent minor has received STD services, except in limited or unusual circumstances." For parents who are unaware their children are sexually active or are uncomfortable with talking about sex, this news can be even more surprising. Although abstinence is the only 100 percent way to prevent STDs or unplanned pregnancy, for those parents who are open to having the sex talk with their children before it's too late, here are some discussion points.
Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Tribune Newspapers (Source: CDC)
June 23, 2012