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Poll reveals young lovers intend to lose virginity, disease control dept launches "Safe Love - Condoms Can Handle It" safe-sex campaign. 

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Photo above of rose sellers in Bangkok market preparing for Valentines Day on the 14th. Photo below of a postcard promoting safe sex in 1909 (Source: Wikipedia).

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Teenagers want sex for Valentine's

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postcardYoung lovers are among the keenest age groups planning to lose their virginity on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, according to a survey released by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The survey revealed that 15.4 percent of teen lovers aged 16-18 were planning to have sex for the first time with their partners on the day that celebrates love, while 12.5 percent of those aged 19 to 22 have the same thing on their minds. Those aged 23-29 (16 percent) were also planning to take the plunge..

The poll showed 71.4 percent of lovers aged under 15 had no plan to share moments of tender intimacy with their partners, 18.5 percent said they had not decided, and 7.4 percent said they were positive.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the politician most teenagers want to give a red rose to on Valentine's Day, followed by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, the poll said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control has launched a safe-sex campaign for teenagers on Valentine's Day. The campaign is called "Safe Love - Condoms Can Handle It."

Public Health officer Wattana Rojjanavichitrakul said people can show their love and affection.

But teenagers might express their love inappropriately and end up having premature sex. As a result, they might expose themselves to sexually transmitted diseases, he said.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Teenagers want sex for Valentine's, 7/02/2012, Online Reporters, link

Valentines Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day - a holiday on February 14  when people express their love for each other by presenting flowers, candy and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"), originally a Christian holiday honoring an early Christian martyr named Saint Valentine but was deleted from the Catholic Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI (See Wikipedia)

lovers - 1. two people who love each other; 2. two people who have sex with each other (See Wikipedia)

express - do something to show or tell someone about a feeling, thought or opinion that you have (usually "express" in words with writing or speech)
express love - show or tell a person that you love them (in some way, usually in written or spoken words)

appropriately
(adverb) -  done in a way that is right or suitable for a situation อย่างเหมาะสม
inappropriately (adverb) - done in a way that is not right or suitable for the situation อย่างไมเหมาะสม

express love inappropriately -
showing someone that you love them in the wrong way (example: by losing your virginity)
express love appropriately
- showing someone that you love them in the right way (example: by giving them a red rose and holding their hand) 

give a red rose on Valentine's Day - to express their love (or strong liking, perhaps)

red rose - and other rose colour meanings: "red means romantic love (the Valentine's Day gift par excellence)... The meaning of yellow is joy and friendship. We express our gratitude and appreciation with pink. While feelings of admiration and sympathy find words with roses that are light pink in color. Peach is more ambiguous, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.  Its purity naturally enough lends to white the meaning of reverence and humility. The specific purpose of purple is to signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight. Meanwhile, coral signals desire. And orange, along with apricot, connotes enthusiasm" (See About.com also here)

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the politician most teenagers want to give a red rose to on Valentine's Day, followed by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, the poll said.

sex - the activity in which people kiss and touch each other's sexual organs, may or may not include sexual intercourse (See Wikipedia)
sexual organs - any part of the body that is involved in having sex or making babies, especially a man's penis or a woman's vagina (See Wikipedia)
sexual intercourse - the actual act of sex or babymaking (See Wikipedia)

survey - gathering information about what people think about different subjects (public opionion) by asking large numbers of people questions and counting their answers, and then using statistics, graphs, and tables to present results (See Wikipedia) การสำรวจความเห็น
released - made available to the public

keen -
want to do something very much
keenest - want to do something more than others do
keenest age groups - wanting to do something more than any other age group

virgin - a person who has never had sex
virginity - the state or condition of being a virgin (See Wikipedia)
lose your virginity - have sex for the first time 

a survey released by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday

Young lovers are among the keenest age groups planning to lose their virginity on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, according to a survey released by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

revealed - made known or showed somthing that was surprising or that was previously secret เปิดเผย
partners - girlfriend and boyfriend or girlfriend and girlfriend or boyfriend and boyfriend or ladyboy and boyfriend

on their minds -
the thing that they are thinking about

plunge - to fall quickly from a high position ดิ่งลงมาจากท้องฟ้า ลดลงอย่างเร็ว (เช่น ราคา, อุณหภูมิ)
take the plunge - decide to do something that could have a big affect on your life (pregnancy, parenthood, sexual diseases, etc)

The survey revealed that 15.4 percent of teen lovers aged 16-18 were planning to have sex for the first time with their partners on the day that celebrates love, while 12.5 percent of those aged 19 to 22 have the same thing on their minds. Those aged 23-29 (16 percent) were also planning to take the plunge..

poll - an occasion when a lot of people are asked about what they feel about something
share - to have or use something at the same time as someone else ใช้ร่วมกัน

moment -
a very short period of time, one point in time when some event happens 
tender - being gentle (in a way that shows that you care about some person)

intimacy -
1. a close personal relationship; 2. something personal or private that you say or do
tender intimacy  

moments of tender intimacy

share moments of tender intimacy with their partners

positive
- hopeful and confident, or giving cause for hope and confidence ซึ่งมองในแง่ดี

The poll showed 71.4 percent of lovers aged under 15 had no plan to share moments of tender intimacy with their partners, 18.5 percent said they had not decided, and 7.4 percent said they were positive.

launched - began, started เริ่ม เริ่มต้นดำเนินการ
campaign - a planned group of especially political, business or military activities which are intended to achieve a particular aim การรณรงค์ การกระทำการหรือวางแผนเพื่อให้บรรลุตามเป้าหมาย

Sexually Transmitted
Diseases (STDs) - diseases spread through sexual contact including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, yeast infections, hepatitis A, B, E, herpes simplex, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and cervical cancers, as well as some anal, penile, and vulvar cancer and genital warts, parasites such as crab louse, colloquially known as "crabs" or "pubic lice", scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei), protozoa such as Trichomoniasis (Trichomonas vaginalis) (See Wikipedia)

condom - "a barrier device most commonly used during sexual intercourse to reduce the probability of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs—such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV). It is put on a man's erect penis and physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering the body of a sexual partner" (See Wikipedia)

safe-sex - sex with protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as AIDS, use of condoms, for example (See Wikipedia)
safe-sex campaign  
safe-sex campaign for teenagers
launched a safe-sex campaign for teenagers 
launched a safe-sex campaign for teenagers on Valentine's Day

Can Handle It -
can do it, able to do it

Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control has launched a safe-sex campaign for teenagers on Valentine's Day. The campaign is called "Safe Love - Condoms Can Handle It."

officer - a high level person in an organisation with special responsibilities (a government officer, a police officer, an army officer)
affection - a feeling of liking and caring about someone or something ความรักและห่วงใย
show their love and affection

Public Health officer Wattana Rojjanavichitrakul said people can show their love and affection

premature - too soon, too early, should happen later; happening too soon or before the usual time ก่อนเวลา ก่อนเวลาอันควร เร็วเกินไป

premature -
too early; before the right time
have premature sex - ahve sex when you are too young, have sex before the time that is appropriate, have sex prematurely
expose to sexually transmitted disease - meaning if your partner has an STD, then you might get it too

But teenagers might express their love inappropriately and end up having premature sex. As a result, they might expose themselves to sexually transmitted diseases, he said.

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