Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gee, maybe telling them to not have sex isn't working...  

Ugh ugh ugh. It blows my mind that people can still advocate for abstinence-only education when studies like this prove that it does not work. This new study shows that 26% of American female teens have at least one STD.

Some doctors said the numbers might reflect the downside of both abstinence-only sex education and teens' own sense of invulnerability. Because some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility and cancer, U.S. health officials called for better screening, vaccination and prevention.

Only about half of the teens in the study acknowledged having sex. Some teens define sex as only intercourse, yet other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some diseases.

Do you see why abstinence-only education is so dangerous? Teens still think that oral sex isn't real sex! In reality, there are dangerous STDs that can be spread through oral sex alone. We can't assume that kids will wait until marriage to have sex, and we can't assume that parents will talk to their kids about these issues. Proper sex education is necessary in schools! It's okay to teach about abstinence, but for God's sake, teach kids how to use a condom as well!

If you feel the same way, you can visit this site to send a letter to your Senators, asking them to oppose giving abstinence-only education more funding.

I mean, wow, I learned about STDs in 7th grade. If I wasn't forced to take Health, I have no idea where I would have gotten my information.

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