Comprehensive Sex Education Essay

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Sex education is very important to not only teach teens about the changes that their bodies are going through thanks to puberty, also to teach teens about the dangers of sex like STD’s, HIV, and pregnancies. Taking sex education out of schools or only teaching abstinence-only does not help students learn how to cope or manage the potential risks or dangers that having unsafe sex can have. This is why I think that sex education should stay in schools and that abstinence-only sex education is not enough. I understand that some parents or important people in the students ' life might have concerns about comprehensive sex education being in schools. They might say that comprehensive sex education could be confusing for students that have religious…show more content…
Well abstinence teaches that abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the standard for school aged children. While providing valuable life and decision-making skills that lay the foundation for personal responsibility and developing healthy relationships and marriages later in life. Comprehensive sex education teaches about condoms and contraception to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and infection with STDs including HIV. Comprehensive sex education also teaches that abstinence is the best way to stay HIV, STD and pregnancy free. While abstinence-only sex education is important why would you want to hold back the valuable information that you can give your child about their health and bodies? Here are some statistics that Kohler and colleagues examined from responses of 1,719 teens ages 15 to 19 that participated in a National Center of Health Statistics survey in 2002. About two thirds of the teens had comprehensive sex education a quarter of them had abstinence-only education and only nine percent reported no sex education. The teens that had comprehensive sex education were 50 percent less likely to report becoming pregnant or impregnating someone then the teens that were taught abstinence-only sex education. This means if your son or daughter do not learn about how to have safe sex or about the dangers of STDs and HIV then they are 50 percent more likely to have an unwanted
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