A recent review of 13 studies found that Abstinence programs do nothing to reduce the risk of HIV infection or pregnancy in teenagers.
Um… duh? That’s why the old addage of, “Don’t go skydiving without a parachute!” is so important. That’s what you’re doing when you have unprotected sex with someone who’s sexual history is unknown to you! Not to mention the fact that you’re risking bringing a child into the world that you’re not prepared to care for.
Now… I’m not saying all teenagers should run off and have sex.
What I am saying is, teenagers will run off and have sex in spite of what authority figures have to say about it. The best thing that authority figures (parents, schools, etc… ) can do is make condoms easily accessible. Keep a box in the house somewhere, have them in vending machines in the school bathroom stalls, where they can be acquired by students in some measure of privacy.… [Read More]