Teens are having more sex--and getting more diseases. But is telling them to wait the answer?
"So young, you mean?" Kate asks. She sighs heavily, looks up for a moment, and begins.
"Well, it wasn't the biggest mistake of my life or anything," she says. "I mean, yeah, I regret it, but maybe I would've regretted it if I waited until I was 18. Maybe you always think you should have waited longer."
The girls nod.
Lara sips her Diet Coke. "I wonder if we'll look back on this time, like when we were in middle school, and we'd go out with boys for, like, two days and not talk to them?" she says.
"I wonder if we'll look back to now in the same way and go, `What were we thinking?' "
Across the country, preachers and parents, teachers and legislators are hoping that it's a question tomorrow's teens won't be forced to ask.
One quarter of all new HIV cases occur in those under the age of 21.
Nearly 1 in 10 kids will lose his or her virginity before turning 13.
One quarter of sexually active teens will contract an STD.
16 percent of high school sophomores have had four or more sexual partners.
Two thirds of teens are sexually active by the end of high school.
More than one third say that they regret it.