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Get Thee To A Sex Ed Class: More Kids Than Ever Having Unsafe Sex

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No matter where you find yourself on the sex ed debate, nobody wants their child catching STIs or dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Whether you advocate abstinence in your home or make sure that your kids are up front and center in sexual health classes, not knowing comprehensible facts about sexual health and STI prevention is dangerous for kids.

Some new numbers prepared for World Contraception Day reveal just how dangerous: the number of young people having unsafe sex with a new partner increased by 111% in France, 39% in the USA and 19% in Britain in the last three years.

Reuters reports:

The level of unplanned pregnancies among young people is a major global issue, campaigners say, and the rise in unprotected sex in several counties has sparked concern about the quality of sex education available to youngsters.

In Europe, only half of respondents receive sex education from school, compared to three quarters across Latin America, Asia Pacific and the USA.

Abstinence should always be a choice for kids who are not ready for sex — for any reason. But at the same time, perpetuating certain mythologies about sex in the hopes that they’ll make certain choices ultimately does them a disservice. Jennifer Woodside, spokeswoman for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, said it best:

“The results show that too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections).”

Giving children the facts about sexual health not only gives them the power to consent, but also the wherewithal to decline to participate.

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2 Comments

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  2. Jeff

    March 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Joann9 wrote:
    This study was done by Bayer who sells birth control pills and who is also under investigation by both Canada and the FDA for over 50 women’s deaths and severe side effects.

    This is coming out now after research proved last year in the SAME SETTING that abstinence ed clearly won over comp. sex ed and safer sex programs.

    This is nothing more than free advertising for Planned Parenthood and thier ilk. Reuters, why didn’t you do your homework and reveal Bayer’s ties to profiting from this? I could probably guess at some of the non-governamental international agencies (that all obtain funding from the government), all whom profit from a sexually active culture, IPPF, SIECUS, UNAIDS etc etc etc.

    I think you need to tell you kids to not have sex until your married and do the same thing yourself. There the % of kids having sex went down by half. Take away the movies and TV and there goes the other half.

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