Sex Education Programs Not Focused Enough On Abstinence

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Sex Education Programs

Six of nine widely used "comprehensive sex education curricula" contain medically inaccurate statements, and all the programs only slightly delayed sexual activity or increased condom use among students, according to a report recently released by HHS, the Washington Post reports. According to the report, eight of the curricula contained no inaccuracies about condom efficacy, but all the programs did have misleading material about condoms and did not focus enough on abstinence.

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) two years ago requested that HHS conduct the report. The analysis was performed by the not-for-profit Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, which advocates that adolescents and adults abstain from sex "until committing to a lifelong mutually monogamous relationship such as marriage" (Lee, Washington Post, 6/21).

According to HHS, the groups reviewed the programs:

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