Talking about sex with your teenage daughter or son is difficult already however it is also difficult and uneasy for them to hear it from their parents. Most teens don't want to face the fact that their parents actually do have sex and that is how they were brought about! Now of course they know how they were brought into this world but they don't want to hear all the horrid stories about the so called "birds and the bees" story as you don't feel comfortable talking to them about it. If you talk to them from the time they are little about anything and everything and you have given them the comfort of knowing there is no closed door on any subject they will feel a sense of comfort and know your care and concern. It's that open door policy that I use with my children. My daughter knew what a tampon was at the age of 4 however she didn't know all of the details but she knew it was for ladies to use for one week out of the month called our "lady time" and I see nothing wrong with making her aware of what it was called without sugar coating it or lying to her or saying nothing.
Sex educating our teens is a very important conversation that I feel is very much needed in depth with them and not just about pregnancy. Yes, pregnancy does occur however it's not the only discussion that should be talked about. This is why giving them the accessibility of condoms is a very good idea. That way they can be protected at all times. When a girl starts her menstrual cycle it's probably a good idea to get her regulated on birth control pills if she is into having sex. Sex education for teens is a very important thing for teens these days to hear.
HIV is one of the most deadly diseases of all that a person can get from being sexually active. Do you know how many partners has the person you are sleeping with has slept with? The reason for the question is because you are sleeping with every person he/she has slept with and vice versa. You don't know all of the sexual history that a person has and they don't know that about you either and it becomes a viscous cycle. You can and should get tested every 6 months because as previously stated it is a silent killer and sometimes goes undetected without proper testing and it could become too late and you don't want that to happen.
As one parent to the next I suggest that you discuss every angle there is about educating your teen about sex education for teens. If you are a little nervous about it you can read some books on how to talk to them to break the ice and not sound so scared or make them so vulnerable or afraid or embarrassed when doing so. You can go to your local library and read up on some books that can help you better talk to them on their level but also as a parent. I know for me there was a cute book all about sex education for teens that I read and I'm sorry I can't recall the name but there are some good one's out there that you can get to help you level with your teen. It is very important to be able to have that line of communication open because when they do have (and they will) sex for the first time (if still under your roof) you will want them to come to you for advice or help. You need to prepare them with all the tools to keep them safe. Make sure they have condoms in their wallet and purses and make sure they have money to call home with if they need you or their cell phones are charged when they leave out on a date. Just be there for them, sometimes they just want someone to listen. Don't pry they will come to you if you make them realize that line of communication is open and just be prepared because it's never easy. Just know that you have given them all the information and tools needed to help them make the right decision when it comes to sex education for teens!