A majority of teens will have sex at or before age 19 and studies show that abstinence-only programs do not stop or delay this.
Teens rely heavily on school as a source of information about contraception and other sexual health issues. Nonetheless, federal funding continues to support abstinence-only programs. Abstinence-only programs teach that abstaining from extramarital sexual activity is the only way to avoid STIs or unintended pregnancies. They provide no information about contraception, abortion or the transmission of infectious diseases. Pennsylvania schools are not required to teach about contraception, but they must teach about STIs, specifically HIV.
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