Saturday, April 14, 2007

Abstinence Classes Don't Stop Sex

Maybe it's time to do something radical -- like teach sex education classes that show results.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Students who took part in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes that were reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex at about the same age as other students -- 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

''I really do think it's a two-part story. First, there is no evidence that the programs increased the rate of sexual abstinence,'' said Chris Trenholm, a senior researcher at Mathematica who oversaw the study. ''However, the second part of the story that I think is equally important is that we find no evidence that the programs increased the rate of unprotected sex.''

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