The Trump administration is doubling down on abstinence. For the last two years, they have sought to prioritize funds for abstinence-based sex education programs, while cutting funds to science-based programs that take a comprehensive approach. In fact, research has found that abstinence-based programs do not reduce rates of teen pregnancy or STDs.
September 12, While abstaining from sex is the only foolproof way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence-only education programs often fail to prevent young people from engaging in sexual activity, according to a report in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Part of the problem of sex education programs, however, may be a disconnect between what students are being taught and what they're really ready to learn, says Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, the C.
When Elyssa Mayo learned about sex in school, her health teacher spent 20 minutes talking about abstinence. There was nothing on condoms or birth control. There was no discussion of anatomy.
Through the year, AL. Alabama's political leaders have long warded off education about sex and sexuality, leaving it open to discussion only in hushed gossip after a young churchgoer's belly begins to swell beneath her sundress or when a politician's text messages are exposed to the media. I was thankfully a precocious kid and forced my parents to tell me about the miracle of life around the same time I became suspicious of the Tooth Fairy. In middle school I was given menstrual pads and deodorant and photos of the worst-case scenarios of sexually transmitted diseases.
Overall, the groups concluded that AOUMs, which are the only form of sexual and reproductive education in a number of U. Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs leave all young people unprepared and are particularly harmful to young people who are sexually active, who are LGBTQ, or have experienced sexual abuse. The researchers noted that the spread of AOUMs in recent years has created meaningful setbacks to the development and efficacy of HIV prevention, sex education, and family planning programs at home and worldwide.
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Teen sexual health outcomes over the past decade have been mixed. On one hand, teen pregnancy and birth rates have fallen dramatically, reaching record lows. On the other hand, rates of sexually transmitted infections STIs among teens and young adults have been on the rise.
The institute has kept the numbers constantly updated since as the trend of lowered teen birth rates has continued to drop nationwide. Sex ed is mandated in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Of that total, the following 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate both sex ed and HIV education:.
Democratic lawmakers and reproductive and sexual health advocates gathered on Capitol Hill to introduce legislation aimed at mandating comprehensive and inclusive sexual education in the face of repeated Trump administration attacks on existing programs. The Trump administration has continuously sought to rollback critical fact-based sex ed programs like the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program TPPPwhich Trump has proposed eliminating in each of the three budget proposals his administration has produced since taking office. While the text of the two bills will be released at a later date, advocates expect similar wording to previous versions of bills that were introduced in the last congress.