"There is a lot of literature that shows that."DO update your knowledge Parents need to be informed before they talk with their kids about sex, said Dr.
Leslie Walker, division chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. There are kinds of birth control now available that weren't around when they were kids," she said.
That association was stronger for girls and stronger for adolescents who discussed sexual topics with their moms.
The study authors also reported that the link between parent communication and a teen's contraceptive and condom use was significantly stronger for girls than boys."Results of this study confirm that parent-adolescent sexual communication is a protective factor for youth," they wrote. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 percent of all high school students in the U. have had sex at least once, and one-third are sexually active.
And continue to talk about it and how to live your life well and make healthy choices," she said. It's not something we've been raised to talk about with our kids, although we should have," said Walker.
"Youth want to hear from their parents and overwhelmingly say that parents matter," the editorial authors concluded.
DO start talking early"I really try to emphasize with parents to start early so it's never awkward," said Dr.
Anna-Barbara Moscicki, chief of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
The roundtable discussion today is about MSM, sex and Internet chat rooms.
My name is Mark Vogel and I am the project manager at HIV In Site, and I will be the moderator of today's discussion.