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Unplanned Pregnancies and STDS on the Rise

Unplanned Pregnancies and STDS on the Rise

Pregnancies and STD rates among young adults are on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). Why is this happening? Although the issue is complex, it is clear that many teenagers are getting information about sex from the Internet and from other teens–which can often be incomplete, misleading, or inaccurate.

The U.S. already has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the westernized world. And a cutback in community resources for youth throughout the Bush Administration years has not helped matters. “Abstinence-only” programs mislead and misinform teens, creating ignorance and a lack of trust. Teens can only make educated decisions if we provide them with the appropriate knowledge.

What do you think? Are abstinence-only programs effective? Is the rise in STD rates and unplanned pregnancies due to the lack of comprehensive sex-education?

If you feel youth need to learn more than just abstinence, sign the petition in support of the REAL Act. The REAL Act aims to prevent pregnancy and the spread of STDs, by providing responsible sex education that teaches young people about both abstinence and contraception.

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2:09PM PDT on Jun 11, 2015

Thank you Robyn.

8:28AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


12:44AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

12:43AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

4:27PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

These are both very disappointing and very sad new statistics about our young adults. I'm going to look into signing the support for birth control.

2:24AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Not suprised. In the school district where I live they have not taught sex-ed since the early 1970's.

8:24PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Sex selling everything and abstinence-only programs- what a no win combination!

7:58PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Yes. STDs are on the rise as you can see members of STD dating sites like are on the rise too.

5:57AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

Thanks you. We can never stop what children learn about sex in today's society but we can help on how important it is to know what we are getting into

12:47AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Sarah the answer to your question is simple:" Abstinence programs are blinded to reality"

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