Early exposure to sexual activity has been linked to certain health problems. While sexual activity does not pose any health risk for most people, nevertheless, the age at which a person becomes exposed to sexual activity can predispose such an individual to health issues and increase his/her risks of certain diseases.
Here are some of the risks involved in being exposed to sex at an early age:
- An individual who is exposed to sex at an early age is more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. There is a high risk of HIV, STD’s and unwanted pregnancies
- Women who are initiated to sexual activity at an early age are at a greater risk of developing cervical cancer. This could be because the HPV virus can infect a young woman’s cervix more easily than that of an older woman because the cells in her cervix are still immature
- Pregnancy for mature women is risky, and for a girl, the risk doubles. A young girl is at a greater risk of dying from pregnancy related complications than a mature woman
- A young girl who gets pregnant is more likely to opt for an abortion. Her risk of dying from abortion is very high because the procedure would most likely be carried out by an incompetent medical personnel
- Young men and women who are exposed to sex at an early age are at a greater risk of depression and suicide. A research study showed that boys and girls who are initiated to sex early in life are two times more likely to develop mental health problems than those who start having sex much later in life
Sexuality education remains crucial in schools, homes, and religious and social gatherings. The society has a great role to play in ensuring that young people are adequately informed on the dangers of early sexual exposure. The health and well-being of the younger population is invariably the health of the nation.