BIRMIGNHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Changes to the availability of the emergency contraceptive, Plan B One Step will make it easier for teens 17 and younger to purchase the pill, an age group in Alabama that is indeed engaging in sexual activity.
According to Laura Banks, Director of Policy and Advocacy of AIDS Alabama, the statistics regarding Alabama teens and sex are startling.
Right now, 44% of Alabama high school students are sexually active,” said Banks.
If you thought that was startling she adds that 57% reported they did not use a condom in their last encounter.
Banks says with changes in the availability of emergency contraception, parents must re-enforce the importance of protection for teens that are sexually active. “That [Plan B] still does not exclude you from STIs, HIV infections, we really want to communicate that you have to protect yourself against those things as well as pregnancy.” But, in Alabama school’s that isn’t possible, because the state conducts abstinence-only lessons as part of the sex education curriculum.
With such alarming statistics, Laura adds, that whether Plan B is available or not, a comprehensive discussion about sex with teens is important, whether it involves talking about condom usage, birth control or abstaining, education teens about sex in important.