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STD Prevention Factoid!

Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn’t teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News] Keep reading »

Teaching Kids About Safe Sex Doesn’t Make Them Go Out And Hump Like Rabbits

In today’s “Like, duh?” news, a new study suggests that teaching teens about safe sex not only might lead to less teen pregnancy, but also does not increase the number of sexually active teens or incidents of STDs. Not that the debate over abstinence education versus sex education is going to be over any time soon. [News-Medical.net] Keep reading »

Twenty-Five Percent Of Teen Girls Have A Zac Efron Poster & An STD

Some good news before we sit down with a bowl of popcorn, a bottle of wine, and that Tivo’d episode of High School Confidential — one in four teens girls have an STD! The data, from 2003-04, probably reflects current rates of infection, which would coincide with recent government funding for sex education being funneled into abstinence-only education. Sounds like “Operation: Stop Our Daughters From Having Sex” is totally failing, with scabby results to show for it! [CNN] Keep reading »

Reading, Writing, and Reproduction

Kindergarten is all about learning the basics — from the alphabet to addition. With that in mind, lawmakers in the United Kingdom are exploring whether sex should also be included in their public primary schools’ curricula across the nation. “This review is a direct response to concerns raised by young people,” School Minister Jim Knight said. A panel comprised of representatives from organizations like the Family Planning Association, an HIV charity, and the Sex Education Forum, will be investigating the value of starting lessons at such a formative age. While the jury consists of colleagues that represent the political spectrum, they are expected to endorse a 2006 Government report, submitted by the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy and the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV, which advised early Sex and Relationship Education. Children’s Minister Beverly Hughes hopes this kind of program will help prevent teenage pregnancy and give areas with high incidence rates the kick in the butt they need to improve their record. Although the preventive measure may seem extreme, sexuality is pervasive in the media and there is plenty of information at children’s fingertips on the Interweb. It’s better kids hear the facts from a teacher first, before they Google their questions and get links to kinky porn sites in return. [Daily Mail]

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The Bush Administration Spanks Washington State For Teaching Sex Education

So, the whole issue of government funded abstinence-only education is a confusing one, but we’re here to give you the low-down. Basically, the Bush Administration, in an attempt to offset state-funded sex education programs, has given many states millions of dollars in funding for abstinence-only education — public service announcements and school curriculum promoting abstinence. And for the record, in case it’s been awhile since you were in junior high, sex education always stresses that the only truly “safe” sex is no sex at all, but abstinence-only education stresses that and that alone. Well Washington State just had their abstinence-only grant revoked because the state requires schools to provide additional, medically accurate information about preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It seems the grant was only good for funding sex education that covered only one aspect — not having any. Better your kids associate sex with sin, fire, and brimstone than the very real threat of STDs and pregnancy if they don’t use condoms, the pill, and other forms of birth control. [SeattlePI.com]

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Breaking News: Abstinence-Ed Doesn’t Work!

There’s a news story to support the headline above nearly everyday, but the latest has the most expansive evidence that abstinence-only education does not affect sexual behavior in teenagers. The non-partisan group National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted the study and concluded:

“At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners among teenagers.”

Currently there’s a bill before Congress that would put $141 million into abstinence-only education funding. Um, yeah. In a few weeks, we’ll be debating the issue of whether, despite the evidence, abstinence education is still the way to go when it comes to teaching minors about sex. Um, we know where we stand if you couldn’t read between the lines, but we’re eager to hear from our experts and from you Frisky girls as well. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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