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Young People

A selection of young people related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.


I'm an 18-year-old girl and I was diagnosed with HIV at 16. I was not born with it and I am still a virgin.... Recently, I have found a really nice guy and who asked me out, and I said yes. We have been going out for over a month and he knows I am a virgin so he is not pushing me to have sex until I am ready. What he doesn’t know is that I'm keeping this secret from him, and jeopardizing his health by doing so.

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Kylie James

Well everything started when I was 12....... Me and this guy Jason had been going out for about a week nothing serious we were only 12 but when we turned 13 things changed! Our hormones got the better of us! Our families never would of found out if I hadn't become pregnant! I'm not saying you need to wait.....I'm saying you need to be prepared!

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Anon 14

My school didnt provide me with any type of sex ed from K - 10th. My parents had me calling the vaginia a "what's it" until i was 14 and a boy who i was with told me that isnt what its called. I think its pathetic schools don't provide the common sense, at least, that many children are lacking. At 15 years old I got pregnant I now have a ten month old daughter who I love more than anything in this world. If I had one wish it would be for my school to have properly educated me and all my classmates about sex, and contraceptives.

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Since I first learned to read in grade 1, my mom kept buying me books each year about the female body and the changes that would occur as I grew. While most girls freak the first time they have their period, for me it was more like; "Oh, okay. whatever." I was totally cool with it. Teenagers getting pregnant because of the lack of safe sex education, kids frightened by the changes their body is going through, because not even their teachers or parents have bothered to give them the understanding they need?

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Ashley Mae

I always told my self that I either wanted to wait till I was married or had been in a long committed relationship before I had sex. As it was happening it hurt pains would shoot up into my stomach and between my legs. He would stop and ask if I was okay, he was sincerely worried about me, he wiped the tears from my eyes.

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