Epidemic: How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids / Edition 1

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Overview

At This Very Moment an epidemic is invading our teenage kids. It's an epidemic that threatens their very lives, and often goes unnoticed until it's too late. It's an epidemic that is raging in every corner of the country, from rural towns to every major metropolis. Worst of all, it's an epidemic we helped create. The epidemic is the tidal wave of sexually transmitted diseases that, in some cases, have increased more than 500% in recent years. Right now, one out of every four sexually active teens is living with an STD! And these diseases have changed over the years. Used to be, we only had to deal with two "venereal diseases." Today, kids contend with some 50 to 100 strains of viruses that stay with them for life. Perhaps the biggest dread is HPV (human papilloma virus), which directly causes 99.7% of all cervical cancers, and is five times more common than all STDs combined.

Dr. Meg Meeker has lived on the front lines of this epidemic for more than twenty years. As a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, Meeker now sees STDs affect one-third of her patients. In this groundbreaking book, she examines in detail the threat of these diseases, and the causes for their widespread advance among our teens. But there is hope. In the middle of a battlefield surrounded by disease, depression (the newest STD), injury, and death, we must arm our kids with knowledge, so that they can make the right choices. We must stay connected to our kids, so they understand how much we care. Victory won't come from wearing condoms or "exploring" sexual freedom, but from wisdom, maturity, and self-control. In this must-read book, Dr. Meg Meeker shows us how we can connect with our kids to help save them from this epidemic.

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In this fact-filled but overheated report, pediatrician Meeker cites medical studies and her own clinical experience to argue that adolescent promiscuity has led to skyrocketing rates of sexually transmitted disease and increased depression and suicide among the young. Spicing up her statistics with obscene rap lyrics and lurid reports of teen orgies and the high school "craze" for oral sex, she blames the usual suspects: post-60s permissiveness, the misguided equating of condoms with safety and sexualized media imagery in, for example, Cosmopolitan and Ally McBeal. In opposition to a "conspiracy" of sex-ed "bureaucrats" to "maintain sexual freedoms rather than prevent disease," Meeker advocates teaching teens to "postpone sex as long as possible" and, when they don't, to reflower themselves as "secondary virgins." In the end her advice to parents boils down to the age-old injunction to talk to their kids, with tips ("[a]sk how he felt when he saw sex in a television show") that make this awkward task not much easier. On the other hand, forcing teenagers to read her unsparing and truly alarming descriptions of the ravages of venereal disease should kill their mood for quite a while. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261434
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Part I The Epidemic is Here
1 Lori, Alex, Holly 3
Lori's Story
Alex's Story
Holly's Story
2 The Epidemic Is Real 11
The Epidemic Defined
Lifelong, Life-Threatening
STDs Don't Discriminate
Like a Match to Gasoline
Allyson's Story
Breaking the Silence
Mayhem in the Media
Curriculum for the Classroom
3 The Explosion from Two to Fifty 31
Sick for Life
HPV: Ground Zero
Lydia's Story
Herpes: The Recurring Dread
Erin's Story
Easy To Share
An Illness of Body and Mind
HIV and AIDS
Hepatitis B
More Strokes
4 Curable but Dangerous 51
Chlamydia
Sandy's Story
Gonorrhea: Back with a Vengeance
Syphilis Incognito
Trichomoniasis: HIV's Little Helper
Bacterial Vaginosis
My Patients Are Your Children
5 The Emotional STD 63
Skyrocketing Rates
Darlene's Story
Searching for Proof
Tony's Story
Sex and Depression
The Special Loss of Divorce
The Triumvirate of Depression
Spirituality and Depression
Uncovering Depression in Teens
Part II The Forces at Work
6 Birth Control Is Not Disease Control 89
My Story
Tools for Protection
Oral Contraceptives
Condoms
Long-term Hormonal Therapies
The Doctors' Dilemma
7 Condoms and the Myth of Safe Sex 99
Karen's Story
Talking Terms
The Real Deal on Condoms
Sex, Lies, and the Freedom of Information Act
Condoms Versus the STDs
What Teens Fear Most
Condoms and Teenagers: An Unhealthy Mix
Sending the Wrong Message
8 Media and the World Our Kids See 119
Parents: Exhausted and Discouraged
Blockbuster Sex on the Big Screen
The Sounds of Sex: Music and MTV
Television: The 800-Pound Gorilla
Dotcom Sex
Selling Shampoo...or Sex?
Teens: Soaking It up Like a Sponge
Sex Is Big
Sex Symbols as Role Models
Cool People Are Promiscuous
So What Are Parents To Do?
9 High-Risk Sex 143
Why It's Happening
Oral Sex: A Craze with Consequences
Oral Sex Is No Protection
Mary Ellen's Story
Homosexual Sexual Activity
Multiple Partners
Can I Watch? Voyeurism
Everything But Sex...
Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol
Jared's Story
The Alcohol-Disease Connection
Cybersex
Good Sex/Bad Sex
Part III What to Know, What to Do
10 Adolescent in Body and Mind 171
When Puberty Strikes
Andrea's Story
STDs and the Adolescent Girl's Body
When Boys Reach Puberty
Sex and Sexuality
Emancipation
Identity Formation
Inability To Think in the Abstract
11 Connectedness 193
Our Teenagers Want Connectedness with Us
Developing Great Relationships with Our Teens
Connecting Through Communication
Connecting Through Intimacy
The Magic Touch
Connecting Through Emotional Intimacy
Connecting Through Love
Connecting Through Appreciation
Parental Disapproval of Sex
12 Holding Off 211
Teaching Kids To Postpone Sex
Ambivalence Is Permission
It's Never Too Late
In Conclusion
Notes 225
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Sunday School Teacher-excellent resource for Truth

    As schools are teaching safety as opposed to abstinence, we face the emotional level of sexuality, our disgrace to God for not keeping the responsibility of teaching our children, and our children's demise and genuine lake of respect for the Higher Authority. This book supports why we need to listen to our Maker, who knows our every need and protection. I only wish there was a workbook for study.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    Pediatricians and Gynecologists PLEASE READ

    When Truth meets Emotion, which one wins? In the area of sexuality, emotions have not only won in the bedroom, but also in health offices around the country. The numbers that we hear year after year are very clear. They point to a PROBLEM. It is time for the Truth to be taught to our sons, daughters and our patients. Or, will Emotion continue to win because many of us as healthcare providers have not come to terms with these issues in our own lives, therefore we don't address them soundly in the lives of our patients. There is an EPIDEMIC and we can do something about it. Tell your patients and yourselves the Truth.

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