This article, written by Brigid McKeon (Advocates for Youth) provides an overview of the effectiveness and characteristics of comprehensive sex education and the dangers of abstinence-only programs .
By age 18, 70% of U.S. females and 62% of U.S. males have initiated vaginal sex. Adolescents have a fundamental human right to comprehensive and accurate sexual health information in order to make healthy decisions about sex and healthy sexual behaviors.
The article provides statistics and data supporting several points–
- Comprehensive sex education is effective and does not promote sexual risks
- Abstinence-Only programs are dangerous, ineffective and inaccurate
- Medical organizations, parents and the public support comprehensive sex education
The fact sheet also includes characteristics of effective sex education as well as medical and public health recommendations to support comprehensive sex education.