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January 31, 2006

Teens Who Make Abstinence Pledges Just As Likely To Get STDs As Teens Who Don't Make Pledges

You know about those abstinence pledges conservatives urge teens to take. Teens can even get a silver abstinence ring to seal the pact. However, The Washington Post has reported that "...teenagers who take virginity pledges -- public declarations to abstain from sex -- are almost as likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease as those who never made the pledge, an eight-year study released yesterday found." Teens who make the pledges delay having sex, marry earlier, and have fewer sexual partners, but they are also less likely to use condoms and are "morel likely to experiment with oral and anal sex." Despite their pledges to abstain from having sex until marriage, they are having sex anyway. Unprotected sex. [Via Echidne.]

Posted on January 31, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink