Sexual activity is defined as genital contact. This paper drives home the importance of providing comprehensive sexuality information to all adolescents, including medically accurate information on contraceptive efficacy and condom use, if we are to experience further declines in adolescent pregnancy.
External link. Sex and HIV education programs: their impact on sexual behaviors of young people throughout the world.
But a recent move by the Trump administration seems set to undo this progress. To ensure that U. Meanwhile, another new report links condom giveaways in schools with increases in teen pregnancy. Rather, in conservative states, researchers found the education contributed to an increase in teenage pregnancies.
Several lawmakers, however, are seeking to either decrease federal funding for abstinence-only programs or boost spending on comprehensive sex education programs, which discuss abstinence but also include information about contraception.
The overall goal of abstinence only education is to teach a concept that true love is willing to wait. The best way to help adolescents make responsible decisions about their sexual activity and health is to give them comprehensive sex education.
Abstinence-only polices violate the human rights of adolescents because they withhold potentially life-saving information on HIV and other STIs. Archived from the original on Contemporary Justice Review. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Whether for ethical reasons, for evidence-based reasons or for practical ones, continuing to demand that adolescents be taught solely abstinence-until-marriage seems like an ideologically driven mission that will fail to accomplish its goals.
The HHS review also found that the comprehensive programs were hardly comprehensive. Linacre Q. In , Congress created the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program , with a mandate to fund age-appropriate and evidence-based programs.
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