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Originally posted by GradyPhilpottIf the US keeps good data on the treatment of STDs and some place like Bangladesh lacks adequate treatment, not to mention record keeping the data is going to be heavily skewed.
Originally posted by mwm1331
And yet when the president endorses abstinence based programs it because hes a meglomanical bible thumper.
Notce how few of these STD's condoms will protect you from?
Texas Teens Increased Sex After Abstinence Program
Despite taking courses emphasizing abstinence-only themes, teenagers in 29 high schools became increasingly sexually active, mirroring the overall state trends, according to the study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University.......
....The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls, typically 13 to 14 years old, had sex before receiving abstinence education. After taking the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex.
Boys in the tenth grade, about 14 to 15 years old, showed a more marked increase, from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.
New State Evaluations Show Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Programs Have Little Effect
Advocates for Youth contracted with an independent statistician to analyze data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about sexual behavior among high school students (grades 9 through 12) from 1991 to 2003. Advocates' report on the analysis of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS), Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors among High School Students—United States, 1991 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003, found that the much-touted improvements in adolescent sexual risk-taking behavior actually took place from 1991 to 1997. These improvements did not continue into the time period between 1999 and 2003—which corresponds to the first years of the abstinence-only initiative.
Abstinence-only programs: dishonest and ineffective
Researchers from Columbia University interviewed a group of 12- to 18-year-olds when they first took the pledge and again six years later. They found that 88 percent of teenagers who had pledged virginity until marriage ended up having premarital sex and that their rates of STD were identical to those of teenagers who had not signed the pledge.