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By Sandi Bhutella

Sex is a tough word to say. I have to admit, it hasn't been easy getting comfortable talking about sex. Most kids learn about sex from their peers and that isn't exactly the best place to learn. When my mom first walked into my room with a box of condoms asking me if I was having sex, I wanted to curl up in a ball on my bed and disappear. There was no way I wanted to talk about SEX with my mom. Now that I am a true man of the 21 st century, I thought I'd want to embrace the opportunity to chat about sex with my mother and my father and anyone else who was open to discussion. and then I freaked. But since then I've been working on it, and I'm getting there.

What is it about sex that is so hard to talk about? Is it embarrassing? Is it too personal? Is it private? Why is it okay to be surrounded by sexual images and references in advertising without a second thought, but it's tough to discuss the issues in a serious way with our parents, especially when education is the key. It's also a fact that adolescents who discuss sex openly with their parents are a lot less likely to make risky choices about sex.

Talking about tough sex topics like STI's, abstinence, homosexuality and masturbation isn't easy, but talking about something with a reliable person is the best way to learn. We all need to be responsible for ourselves as well as each other, and I think we should try to be responsible by sharing our resources. Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of really approachable, educated people out there who want to help and who will answer your questions. So, don't be afraid of your parents, they might surprise you if you give them a chance. Or, you can head to Truth and Rumours - ask us anything, if we don't have an answer, we'll contact a professional and find one!

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