Last year around this time, I went to the and I had like everything wrong with me. Everything you could think of. I had aurinary tract infection. I had a yeast infection. I found out I had a sexually transmitted disease.It was horrible. It was horrible. I told myself, like, I need to change, for real. And plusbefore that, I was dating people â€“ not really dating them, but I was kind of out there withthe guys. And I said, it's not healthy. And I don't want to wind up pregnant. I don'twant to wind up having HIV or anything that's â€“ you know, I can't get rid of.So that's when I promised myself that now, I need to change. I need to change somethingquick. I need to change the way I think about
myself and how other people â€“ how I letother people treat me. So instead of trying to find the right person, I need to be the right person. I have a boyfriend right now. Kind of â€“he's supposed to be going off to the Navy. I'm kind of worried about that. Not really worried,but anxious to see what will happen with us, even though I already made this decisionthat I don't want to have sex. That didn't have to happen, because I already made that decision for myself, and he did as well. So it just worked out. Just trying not to putourselvesthat â€“like an environment where it's easy to do it. You know, likeby ourselves at night with no one else.
I want to wait until I'm married. I don'tknow if that's possible. It gets hard, you knowé So I'm hoping, like, that he's theperson that I marry. But I know he's not pressuring me, so I'm not really worried about it. Sometimes you don't know why you go through the things you go through until you go through it. And then you look back like, wow, I neededthat. I made it. It was hard, but I needed that, so that the next time I come to that,you know, come to that pointmy life with something similar, I know what to do. My name's Norelle. I'm 22 years old, and I'm not having sex at all.