Maybe Telling Kids Not To Have Sex Does Prevent Them From Having Sex

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According to a groundbreaking new study out today, abstinence-only education may actually work! Here's what researchers found:

Only about a third of sixth- and seventh-graders who completed an abstinence-focused program started having sex within the next two years. Nearly half of the students who attended other classes, including ones that combined information about abstinence and contraception, became sexually active.


First of all, ewww. That's eighth- and ninth-graders they're talking about. Ewww. And second, how great is it that this study comes from University of Pennsylvania, where, we learned today, they much prefer Pennetration to abstinence?

Abstinence-only programs might work, study says [Washington Post]