Friday, 3 August 2007

Sex abstinence programmes are like snooze buttons on smoke alarms.

It turns out that Sex abstinence programmes are a total and utter waste of time. 13 US studies showed that the programmes had no effect on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases or number of unwanted pregnancies. The problem we have in the UK is the emergence of the Silver Ring Thing which was set up four years ago to promote sexual abstinence among young people. A excellent exposé on the Silver Ring Thing was written by Unity over at the Ministry of Truth Blog and you can read it by clicking HERE.

What we must guard against is any drive by our government to follow the US, where a third of the President's HIV budget is misguidedly given to abstinence programmes. Simply telling kids that sex before marriage is wrong does not work. Kids need to be made aware of the risks of having sex and how to safely go about it if that is what they choose to do.

Ivan Blake, of the young people's sexual health charity Brook, said: "There are even studies which show they (Sex abstinence programmes) can make things worse as people do not have the knowledge or confidence to have safe sex."

Thinking of buying into a Sex abstinence programme? You might as well fit a snooze button to your smoke alarm while you are in the mood to do something totally useless.

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