Abstinence Does It Really Work?


Abstinence… does it really work? Lets be honest now friends. Do you remember what it was like when you were in school with hormones raging? Now, come on… be honest. It’s just natural but in today’s world it’s much, much different.

LifestylesBack then (in the stone-age when I grew up) we didn’t have instant technology, where you can chat, talk, send pics, flirt or see any image you want. Its too easy and too tempting. So how can pre-teens or teenagers make it through without heavy peer pressure? I couldn’t tell you..

We here at ARE know, Abstinence is the most effective way of fighting HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies. We preach that in our HIV101 Classes and on the streets ‘but’ people, in a real world the chances of that happening are very low. It takes a village to raise a family and it starts at home. If parent(s) don’t educate their kids, yes I went there so lets not tap dance around it. Teaching and talking to your children about the dangers of sex in the real world needs to happen as they enter school. Kids are having sex younger and younger. Don’t think your child is immune.
Our fine city of Winchester, Virginia held the sad honor for years of having the ‘highest’ pregnancy rate in the State of Virginia for a city our size. You never saw that in the Welcome Center. And yet, the schools here ‘believe’ still in the outdated, antiquated abstinence only policy which obviously failed. Most of the school systems here locally refuse to allow ARE in to teach HIV101 when the students need it.  Can people really abstain from sexual activities? Most can’t and need our education to make a informed decision if and when the opportunity could happen. Let’s break down abstinence more shall we: 

Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions and practical considerations.

Not having sex may seem easy because it’s not doing anything. But peer pressure and things you see on TV and in the movies can make the decision to practice abstinence more difficult.

If it seems like everybody else is having sex, some people may feel they have to do it, too, just to be accepted. Don’t let kidding or pressure from friends, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, or even the media push you into something that’s not right for you.  A couple can still have a relationship without having sex. If you’ve made a decision not to have sex, it’s an important personal choice and the people who care about you should respect that. It’s your body and your health. It only takes one time to get an STI/STD or HIV infection. Life is about choices we make and consequences. Make the right ones. Call us if you need us.

Tom Thayer


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