Increase in sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents due to porn

Pediatricians warn that Spanish youth have gone back years, possibly decades, when it comes to maintaining safe, healthy and responsible sexual relationships. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among boys aged 15 to 19 has doubled in just three years, from 2016 to 2019, according to the latest data from the National Center for Epidemiology. Gonococcus, chlamydia or syphilis, infections that the improvement of general hygiene and health controls and the easy access of adolescents to condoms should have in clear decline, register a sky-high rate in Spain, according to Cristina. Epalza, of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The situation is so alarming that approximately a quarter of all gonococcus diagnoses and almost a third of chlamydia infections detected are in children under 19.

In addition, young people and adolescents are one of the few groups, along with homosexuals with risk practices, in which a decrease in the number of new HIV infections has not been achieved, despite being a pathology with treatment, but without a cure. .

One click away

The reason for the health decline must be found in pornography, says the president of the Spanish Society of Adolescent Medicine, Félix Notario. More specifically, in the enormous growth of porn consumption among children and adolescents. Up to 87% of young men and 55% of girls access these images from their smartphone regularly and up to 14% consume them daily, according to a study by the University of the Balearic Islands.

Porn is the benchmark and the most widespread model in the sexual relations of the new generation. As a consequence, according to Notario, “sexual relations have become trivialized. There is no affective model. It is a pornographic model that leads to risky practices.”

The adolescent abuse of porn has multiplied infections because it has increased the precocity of relationships and has generalized risky practices, unprotected sex. Up to 50% of the young people of seven autonomies confessed to the Balearic investigators practicing risky sex. The availability of mobile phones and internet connections since childhood has placed porn, even the hardest, within the reach of a click. The result is that the age of onset of sexual relations in Spain is just over 13 years old, when not five years ago it was almost 15, according to Notary's calculations.

Sexual infections are not the only harm of porn binge. So are the rise in juvenile abuse and rape, including gang or gang rape, and the rise in unwanted pregnancies. Pediatricians, who consider that "we are facing a social failure of all", recommend two urgent corrective measures. The first, that there is at least one "sex educator" in each school or institute.

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