teen pregnancy prevention
Learn about the myths and realities of sex, birth control, and pregnancy. TOPS partners with the U.S. Department of Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services, local organizations, and charter schools to offer comprehensive sexual health in order to prevent first and repeat teen pregnancy prevention education. TOPS educates teens so they can avoid and/or reduce risky sexual behavior in order to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and STDs/STIs; and also learn to have healthy, happy relationships. We are involved in teen pregnancy prevention in Pima, Maricopa, Santa Cruz, and Gila counties.
Know The Facts
Each year about 217,105 15–19 year olds get pregnant in the U.S. (National Campaign)
Among the 19 million new cases of STDs/STIs diagnosed in the US each year, half of them are youth between ages 15-24.
Not everyone is doing it. Less than 1/2 of all high school students have had sex.
Drinking and Drugs do not make sex more fun. They make sex more dangerous because your inhibitions are lowered and you may make decisions that you otherwise would not have. The risk for sexual assault increases greatly when alcohol and drugs are involved.
Before having sex, talk to a healthcare provider, your parents or trusted adult about how to protect yourself. There are a number of birth control methods available to prevent pregnancy but condoms are the only method of contraception that prevents pregnancy and STD/STIs – it is very important, however, that you know how to use them properly! Remember, abstinence is the only foolproof method that prevents both pregnancy and STDs/STIs!
COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO AVOIDING/REDUCING RISKY BEHAVIORS!
TOPS believes well-informed, confident teens make healthier decisions with regard to their relationships and sexuality.