31/12/2008

Virginity pledges ineffective

The US Government spends $200 million annually on abstinence education, yet a recent federal survey showed that the funding may be ineffective.

A federal survey revealed that over half of youths became sexually active whether or not they took the pledge. The study found that teens who took the pledge have negative views of condoms and tended to use them less. The percentage of teens that had sex and took precautions against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.

If the goal of the abstinence education is to teach “students about their anatomy, risk avoidance, how the effects of sex can affect accomplishments, and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases", then the results of this survey clearly shows that it has failed.



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