You must be thinking, what is a post about abstinence and celibacy doing on a health blog? My answer is that STD's can destroy a person's health very quickly, and abstinence is one of the ways to prevent getting an STD.
On their website, Planned Parenthood states, "Used continuously, abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. It also prevents STDs" (Link). Abstinence means delaying sexual intercourse until a specified commitment, such as marriage.
The governments of Uganda, Philippines, United States and India have had success promoting "the ABC Method" as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of AIDS (Link) (Link) (Link).
What is the ABC method? Basically it consists of 3 different suggestions: 1) Abstain from sex (until marriage). 2) Be faithful if you do not abstain. 3) Use a condom if you are not faithful (Link)
Being celibate doesn't necessarily mean you will never have sex. In fact, it may simply mean that you are taking a temporary break from sex to focus more on self growth.
Sports Illustrated model Jessica White - "I thought to myself, you know what, the next man that I give my body to will be the man that God brought into my life." (Link)
- (Link) "He is the NBA's 'Iron Man,' playing in a record 1,192 consecutive games over the course of his distinguished career. And is the league's most famous virgin. It's hard to even imagine who might be the runner-up in that category.Green's playing days are over, but his commitment to the message of abstinence, which he lived out until his marriage in 2002 [at the age of 38], is still going strong" (Link).
Tim Gunn from Project Runway - "I haven't had sex in 29 years. Do I feel like less of a person for it? No. Not even remotely. I'm happy to be healthy and alive, quite frankly...I don't want to imply to anyone that I have a mandate that says 'No sex.' I don't. I don't know what's around the corner." (Link)
"Friends" Star Lisa Kudrow - "Friends' Lisa Kudrow remained abstinent until her 1995 nuptials (she was 31). She explained in an interview with W, "I decided pretty early on that I should stay a virgin until I got married. My virginity was something I had decided was very precious, something that I owned, to give away. It was an honor I was bestowing on a young man, and he had to be worthy of it." (Link)
Colin Farrell After a break up with writer Emma Forrest in 2009, Colin Farrell chose to be celibate for a season, reportedly telling his friends "I've had enough". Several months later, he started dating Alicja Bachleda-Curus and eventually they had a child together. He recently called fatherhood “a lovely little adventure to be on."(Link)
Lady Gaga - "Honestly you should wait as long as you possibly can to have sex” (Link). "I can't believe I'm saying this -- don't have sex. It's not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It's cooler to be strong and independent. It's OK not to have sex, it's OK to get to know people. I'm celibate, celibacy's fine." (Link) "I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity through my vagina" (Link).
Leelee Sobieski - "I guess 26 is kind of old to lose your virginity, but it was important to me that I remained a virgin until after I was married" (Link). Sobieski achieved recognition in her mid-teens for her performance in the 1998 film Deep Impact and as the daughter of a costume store owner in Eyes Wide Shut (1999). She received an Emmy nomination for the TV movie Joan of Arc, and two Golden Globe nominations for Joan of Arc and the TV movie Uprising.Zig Ziglar (Motivational speaker and author) - "If you get involved in premarital sex and later discover that you really are not meant for each other, it will be more difficult to part company. On the other hand, if there are no guilt-strings attached because of a sexual relationship, it will be much easier for both of you to walk away with a clear conscience and with your heads held high." Link