By Michaela Gibson Morris
Abstinence has been the message of choice in Mississippi. However intentions aren’t necessarily matching actions.
Not every teen is having sex, but more Mississippi teens are sexually active than their peers across the country. The 2011 CDC behavioral risk factor survey found:
• 57.9 percent of Mississippi high school students reporting having sex, compared to 47.4 percent of their peers.
• 11.8 percent of Mississippi high school students reported having sex before age 13, compared to the 6.2 percent nationally.
• 22.1 percent of Mississippi high school students reported having four or more partners. The national average was 15.3 percent.
The sexually active teens are playing Russian Roulette with unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
“They are completely blind to the consequences,” said Shelia Davis of the Lee County Family Resource Center.