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Jan. 25, 2005

More teens delay having sex

This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from "More U.S. Teens Delay Having Sex, Study Finds” by The Washington Post and Questions and Answers About Revisions to the Health Education Program.

The National Center for Health Statistics recently reported that American teenagers are waiting longer before first engaging in sexual intercourse, and those that do not wait overwhelmingly use contraception. This report was released in the midst of the heated debate in Montgomery County over the appropriateness of teaching condom use in school and a fervent nation-wide dispute over President George W. Bush's abstinence-only education policy.

The report found that in particular, males are postponing sex: 46 percent were active in 2002 in comparison to 55 percent in 1995, according to The Washington Post. The current MCPS health curriculum includes instruction on abstinence and birth-control and has recently incorporated a video on condom usage. "The video illustrates the proper use of a condom and helps students to understand how they can be used incorrectly,” according to MCPS' "Questions and Answers About Revisions to the Health Education Program.” Howard, Prince George's, District of Columbia and Baltimore City counties all show similar condom instruction videos.

Joyce Abma, the lead author of the nation-wide report, says that students are finally embracing messages on how to prevent pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Bush, however, is still moving forward with the $170 million in federal funding to advance the abstinence-only curriculum.

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  • Pat Robertson on January 25, 2005 at 10:21 PM
    Hooray for abstinence!
  • highschooler on January 25, 2005 at 10:38 PM
    the abstinence-only curriculum is a waste of $170 million dollars. Does Bush Actually believe teens will stop having sex. The best approach is to show teens how to use protections. Promoting protection is the way to go, not promoting abstinence.
  • hmmmm..... on January 26, 2005 at 12:25 PM
    well, i think its good if we can prevent students from having sex. students should be responsible and have only 1 partner 2 prevent diseases and abortions. some ppl might not like me 4 sayin this, sorry, but oh well. but the thing is abstinent ppl wouldnt be influenced 2 have sex becuz they have already chosen not 2. so, i guess we should show videos on how 2 protect teens and others. right now, i'm kinda confused on what i jus said. anyways, be safe!!
  • Irish Blazer on January 26, 2005 at 4:09 PM
    It is good to promote abstinence, but teens should know how to use contraceptives. If Bush thinks that wasting $170 million on abstinence only policies are going to make teens stop participating in such activities, he needs to have his head examined. If such acts go through (the Abstinence Only policy), STD's and teen pregnancies will only increase. Then the abortion rate will rise, and that's really not what conservatives are supposed to want at all. Oh yea, Bush really has our future in mind.
  • senior on January 26, 2005 at 4:47 PM
    I completely agree with highschooler. No one can expect that kids will stop having sex so the best we can do to prevent teens from getting pregnant and STDs is to teach them about safe sex. Kids should also have an outlet where they feel comfortable talking about sex. It's not fair that some adults are so adimently against pre-marital sex because if their children somehow get pregnant or an STD then their kids feel like they have no one to go to. I think this is all a part of having a more tolerant society.
  • juniormouse on January 26, 2005 at 9:17 PM
    personally, i see nothing wrong with teens having sex as long as they are SAFE. thats my big issue. the government is really stuck in the stone age if they think abstinence-only is the way to teach sex ed. its again messing with the idea of being safe. how can kids know the different ways of protection if they are just told "dont do it?"
  • DesiBlazer05 (View Email) on January 27, 2005 at 9:58 AM
    "It's not fair that some adults are so adimently against pre-marital sex because if their children somehow get pregnant or an STD then their kids feel like they have no one to go to."
    The parents are against pre-marital sex because they don't wish to have to deal with having grandchildren before they have realized their children have grown up. Also, the parents are the ones that are going to be covering most of the costs of the pregnancy: prenatal check-ups, hospital costs, food costs, clothing for the child, ETC.. Parents want their grandchildren to grow up getting the best they can which everyone can agree is hard when a the parent is underaged.
    Last, if you are having sex.....
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  • Anonymous on January 29, 2005 at 11:02 PM
    I have a question. As long as they are using some sort of protection, have been tested, and are being safe, what's wrong with teens having sex? Who is the government to tell me what I can and can't do in terms of my sex life? This would be like telling people they can't play football because you could get hurt. As long as you're safe you won't get hurt when playing football, as well as having sex. It is not the government's job to tell me how to live my life. As long as I'm not interfering with anyone else, or putting anyone at risk, the government shouldn't be able to advocate how I live my life. An abstinence only policy would do that.
  • yall got MAD problems! on February 1, 2005 at 6:20 PM
    y yall dont have a problem wif teens havin pre-marital sex. it's against what God said in the Bible. Who evers doin that stuff, God will PUNISH YOU! SHAME ON YOU!
  • um on February 7, 2005 at 3:10 PM
    do you have a refernce to that part of the bible where god says "teenagers should not have sex"?
  • give me a break... on February 9, 2005 at 4:31 PM
    arite, this is to: "yall got MAD problems!"
    God will "PUNISH" ME? shame on me? well what if I dont believe in god, what if i dont read the bible. then what? You can't be so ignorant and shame people like that. thats ridiculous. not everyone is religious, not everyone believes in god. so keep your religious comments to yourself!
  • maya boo on February 10, 2005 at 12:10 PM
    i think the teenagers should not have sex because they might get pregnate and it can ruine their lives and if they have an abortion then thats a blessing that has been thrown away so to solve all of this DON'T HAVE SEX!!!!!!
  • ali (View Email) on February 21, 2005 at 6:09 AM
    wala lang
  • Someone on February 24, 2005 at 9:52 AM
    Look people if u have sex, even if u use a condom or birth control, theres still that 1 or 2 percent that u could get pregnant. Or get your girlfriend pregnant. My mother was on the pill and my dad used a condom but guess what im still here. And my parents dont regret having me. My dad was 21 and my mom was 19. Sure they don't call me a mistake. But my mom never went to college because she had me. I hear about all these Young teenagers getting pregnant and not wanting a baby, getting an obortion, and then regreting it. Well guess what if you didnt want a baby you shouldn't have spread your legs in the first place. Next time keep that one in mind. Sex is just like drugs. JUST SAY NO!
  • take note on July 6, 2005 at 11:28 AM
    It's true that even with contraceptions, you could still get pregnant especially an STD. Teaching primarily about contraceptives encourages having sex. This is actually going backwards instead of forwards.
    By the way, to that person saying not having sex isn't in the bible, i guess you don't know your bible. It says that we shouldn't commit fornication or adultery and so on. And it says one having sex outside of marriage is equivalent to being a prostitute. So bible or not, having premarital sex is so not the way to go, it's just normal not to.
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