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teen sexual health causes problems. why don't they teach abstinence?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
They do: In many places, abstinence is taught aggressively. Unfortunately that is often ineffective since our sex drive is one of the most powerful forces in our existence. Like any other aspect of life, education into techniques, benefits, risks, psychological and physical aspects of relationships, variations in preferences, etc., seem an essential part of understanding human sexuality.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Abstinence is taught: Unfortunately that is often ineffective since our sex drive is one of the most powerful forces in our existence. When teens act on the drive they often have the least information and this often leads health problems.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It is, however: Teens are in their own developmental world.The rightly know that their parents do not know how other teens dress/talk/think.They often look at how comical it is for their parents to expect abstinence when they do not & the teen world pushed anything but.Scientifically balanced sex education with no slant is more likely to get them to think and make valid choices.

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