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Florida: Talking About Teen Sex

May 22, 2003

One out of every four young people will contract an STD before they turn 22, and the people behind the television special Straight Talk are working to turn those numbers around. Straight Talk is an annual televised conversation among teens and adult experts discussing such topics as STDs, male responsibility, and teen pregnancy. "We do encourage abstinence first, but if teens aren't going to abstain, then we want to educate them of safe sex," said program officer Marjorie Marquinez. This year's one-hour show airs tonight on WJCT TV-7 at 8 p.m. Teens can submit questions via the Internet or by logging on to and entering keywords "straight talk." Questions can be posted prior to or during the show. Straight Talk will re-air at 8 p.m. on Friday on WJXX TV-25, 6 p.m. and midnight Saturday on WAWS TV-30, 8 p.m. May 25 on WJXT TV-4, 8 p.m. May 26 on WJWB TB-17, 8 p.m. May 29 on Comcast and 7 p.m. May 31 on WTLV TV-12.

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Adapted from:
Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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