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I would hope that if you are over 18, you both understand and practice safe sex, if you happen to be sexually active. However, Texas, along with other Southern states, has a huge amount of reported sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies. That isn't to say that the South is ignorant or irresponsible:

According to Ronald Gray, MD, a professor of epidemiology at John Hopkins, the answer may simply come down to a lack of access to affordable healthcare. “The South has more people living in poverty and in rural areas,” he says, “which may make it harder for them to get tested and treated for STDs.”

And I had my daughter at 19. I ain't here to judge nobody. But if I can help, I'd love to. I discovered an amazing website for specifically Texans to order, for free, condoms and more safe sex products. Condoms are 98% effective against pregnancy and STDs. No single birth control method is 100% effective all of the time, so if you can use more than one (like birth control pills along with condoms) I do recommend that. And don't come at me with "abstinence" we ALL know that abstinence-only education is a complete and total failure.

Texans can order totally free condoms, home HIV test kits, dental dams and lube through Texas Wears Condoms website. The items are free, the shipping is free and the packaging is discreet. The free at home HIV testing kits do require eligibility based on some screening questions, but the other items are first come, first served until the website runs out of stock for the month. The website also offers educational resources and lists agencies that offer in person STD testing.

I truly hope that if you need these resources that you will take advantage of them.

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