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Monday, June 29, 2009

Comprehensive Sex Ed Works (Well, duh)

Straight from Feministing, we find out that comprehensive sex education really works...

The Council on Science and Public Health gave a report at the AMA annual meeting that shows that comprehensive sex education, not abstinence-only programs, is the way to go.

Sex education that provides information about abstinence, condom use and other contraceptive methods is the most effective way to reduce the growing number of teenagers who contract a sexually transmitted infection or become pregnant.
"What we're talking about is comprehensive programs which, of course, include abstinence, but we can't just stick our heads in the sand and expect them to do the right thing. We have to provide them with all of the information they need to make responsible, adult decisions," said Barry Sheppard, MD, a thoracic surgeon and alternate delegate for the California Medical Assn.
This is what people have been saying all along. Maybe now the abstinence-only people (I'm looking at you, Abstinence Clearinghouse - among others) will get the message with yet another research study.


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