Study Shows Sex Ed Works For (Some) Teens

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New evidence suggests that teenage boys who receive sex education are three times more likely to use condoms when they lose their virginity. And that's not the only good news: The same study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, showed that all teens who receive some kind of sex education will delay sex until at least age fifteen. The CDC did not differentiate what kid of sex education was taught — it treated abstinence-focused education the same way it studied more progressive forms of sex ed — though research released earlier this year showed that abstinence only programs don't really work. (Interestingly, the only form of sex ed required in Jamie Lynn Spears' home state of Louisiana is abstinence only; Jessica Sierra's home state of Florida also requires abstinence only education but does not impose either sex ed or contraceptive practices on its students.)

Sex Education Works, Study Shows [CBS News]
Syphilis infections on the rise in Europe [MSNBC]
Sex Education Requirements, State by State [Institute for Youth Development]
Earlier:
Teenage Sex Drive Trumps Abstinence Education

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onthecornerofparkerandwoolf
onthecornerofparkerandwoolf

the other problem with abstinence only education: they seem to spend a lot of time talking about how condoms "don't work". even though we weren't totally abstinence only at my school (my health class at least discussed birth control options,) we had a school-wide motivational speaker about "waiting." i specifically remember being told that "condoms weren't made to protect against aids. they were made to protect against pregnancy. and a lot of times they won't even do that." i know a lot of kids came out of that thinking "hell, why use a condom? it won't work anyway."

the sad thing is, i totally believed that speaker. it wasn't until i took a feminist health course at my college when i realized it was a load of bullshit. i will never forget the look on my instructor's face when i told her how i'd been told condoms won't protect AT ALL against aids— she was a grad student studying aids transmission, and she looked like i'd just killed her puppy or something.