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Study: “Virginity pledges” don’t delay sex

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And, alarmingly, those who so pledge are less likely to use condoms when they become sexually active.
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Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.
“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.”
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Sounds like whatever our religious outlook, we’d better be sure our kids get a frank and honest sex education, including contraception and disease prevention.

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Written by Monte

December 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

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  1. ha ha!! Ray…that was funny…

    yes…this is exactly why sex education is so very important…and protecting our children means giving them information so that they can make the safest choices even if they are making choices we’d rather they not make!!


    December 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  2. Yup, snow – but your thought is a very funny one – I may pass it on to, who showered us with the snow you see.


    December 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm

  3. oh…oops, is that supposed to be snow? huh…my bad. that’s the first place my brain went when i saw this post, which is kind of funny in itself.

    ray the very hairy

    December 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

  4. Monty, you did not put little swimming sperm in that post, did you?! :D Too funny, man.

    This story is almost predictable, unfortunately. We American Christians excel at being hypocrites and burying our head in the sand when it comes to stuff like sex education.

    ray the very hairy

    December 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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