The CDC’s biennial survey of high school students came out today and once again it found no change in sexual risk behaviors among young people. This means that after a decade of progress (between 1991 and 2001) nothing has changed in over a decade. Clearly, we could be doing better.
Age of consent laws are meant to protect young people from exploitation by adults but in too many instances they send 18-year-old boys to jail for having consensual sex with their 15-year-old girlfriends. The boys then end up on sex offender registries for life along side rapists and pedophiles. Should we really be legislating teen sex?
New research shows–yet again–that formal comprehensive sex education leads teens to delay their first sexual experience and makes them much more likely to use birth control, make more informed choices about their partners, and reduces risky sex.
A new study concludes that adolescent girls who get spending money from their boyfriends are more likely to never to use condoms. Yet again research is holding girls and women responsible for being sexual and moral gatekeepers and devaluing the capacity of men to be active participants in their relationships.
This week the CDC released another study based on data from the latest NSFG. Once again, this survey suggests that when it comes to sexual behaviors teens are, for the most part, very responsible. And while that seems to surprise a lot of adults, I’d like to point out that I’ve been saying this for many years.
“Clueless or Clued-Up: Your Right to Be Informed About Contraception,” a new survey of teens in 29 countries was released yesterday in honor of World Contraception Day. The findings are not surprising but they are alarming as the survey confirms that young people worldwide lack information about and access to contraception and are having unprotected sex.