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Teen sexuality is associated with many serious social problems including:

> Sexually Transmitted Infections: 1 out of 4 teens have a STI, and 1 out of 2 sexually active teens have a STI.
> Depression: Sexually active teens are more likely to be depressed than virgins.
> Suicide: Sexually active teens are more likely to attempt suicide than those who remain abstinent.
> School Expulsion: Sexually active teens are 3 times more likely to be expelled from school than those who remain abstinent.
> Dropping out of School: Sexually active teens are more likely to drop out of school than virgin teens. Teens who remain virgins through high school are twice as likely to graduate college than non-virgin teens.
> Marital Stability: Girls who became sexually active as teens are less likely to have stable marriages in their 30s than virgin teens.
> Pregnancy: More than half of the girls who begin sexual activity at age 15 will become pregnant out of wedlock.

In 2004, Texas taxpayers spent 1 billion dollars, the most of any state, on teen childbearing. The Texas Panhandle consistently has some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. Teen pregnancy has a huge impact on our community as it is closely associated with poverty, single parenthood, reduced rate of high school and college attainment and reduced lifetime income.

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