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.

219 comments

Jo Recovering
Jo S1 years ago

Thank you Robyn.

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LMj Sunshine
LMj Recovering S4 years ago

Thank you for article.

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LMj Sunshine
LMj Recovering S4 years ago

Thank you for article.

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Jayne Braby Bethard

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.

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paula eaton
paula eaton4 years ago

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

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Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

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

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Mary W.
Mary W.5 years ago

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

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Fareena Narine
Fareena Narine5 years ago

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

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chris b.
chris b5 years ago

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

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