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What's the difference between comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education?

What's the difference between comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education?

Explanation vs none: Comprehensive sex education includes anatomy and physiology of sex. Also all about birth control for both sexes, risks of unprotected sex i.E pregnancy and stds & all about a pregnancy plus pre & post natal care as well as needs and responsibilities of having a child. Abstinence only sex education just tells you "no sex before marriage" & sex before marriage is sinful, wrong & possibly dangerous. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sinclair
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Sex Education (Definition)

Knowledge-based programs focus on teaching adolescents about their bodies and their normal functions, as well as provide detailed information about contraceptives and preventing STDs. Research indicates that abstinence-only education without information about contraception does not decrease teen pregnancy rates, but knowledge-based ...Read more


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Do all public schools require sex education?

Do all public schools require sex education?

Sex: As far as i know - if the school receives federal funding then yes it is required. ...Read more

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Do all public schools offer classes in comprehensive sex education?

Do all public schools offer classes in comprehensive sex education?

No: No, they do not. And even if they do, its not always required and many offer parents and children the right to opt out. So not all children will receive comprehensive sex education. ...Read more

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How can I get sex education websites?

How can I get sex education websites?

Google-: Google or bing sex education websites! there are many. You can even specify a specific sex question you need to know. Also, healthtap has many answers to sexual questions. Simply ask the question, and you will get the exact or related questions that have been answered! ...Read more

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What is a proper curriculum for sex education?

What is a proper curriculum for sex education?

What Ed to Include?: According 2 a large survey by NPR, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government & the Kaiser Foundation conducted in 2003, 93% of Americans believe sex ed should B taught at school. But those 93% differ on whether kids should be taught abt making responsible decisions abt sex or just taught 2 abstain. They also differ on whether the ed should include info abt gay sexual orientation & gay sex. More ... ...Read more

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Does anyone feel like sex education teaches anything important?

Does anyone feel like sex education teaches anything important?

It can but not alway: Voters tend to have very strong personal feelings about where sex education occurs, at home and controlled by the parents vs at school where the topics are managed by a school board and individual teachers. Some people think sex education means teaching abstinence, for others it means teaching birth control and std prevention. All you can do is advocate your position and vote. ...Read more

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At what grade level should sex education be introduced in the schools?

At what grade level should sex education be introduced in the schools?

Personally before HS: I feel personally sexual education is being taught in school much too early. I feel sex ed should be taught prior to the time when most youngsters would engage in sexual activity, not any youngsters would engage. For those parents who feel strongly about teaching their children sooner, they should teach them at home. For those parents who feel 8th grade is too soon, then sign the note to opt out! ...Read more

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Where do most kids get their sex education from?

Where do most kids get their sex education from?

Type of Sex Ed Info?: The results of a recent poll on sex ed in the USA conducted by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, & the Kennedy School of Gov at Harvard, get us thinking abt *sources* of different kinds of sex ed info! Where kids learn "the basics/birds & bees" (at least in reference 2 heterosexual activity) may B different from where they learn about types of sex, sexual orientation, birth control, etc. ...Read more

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Why isn't sex education and aids prevention taught more ?

Why isn't sex education and aids prevention taught more ?

Complex: There are many in our communities who feel that organized sexual education interferes with their prerogatives as parents, and some that it intrudes on their religious beliefs. It has become extremely difficult to develop agreement on who should be tested, to say nothing of offering education. This is done commonly in many countries in europe, and explicit ads on tv are common. Not here. ...Read more

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Why isn't sex education for aids prevention taught more ?

Complex: There are many in our communities who feel that organized sexual education interferes with their prerogatives as parents, and some that it intrudes on their religious beliefs. It has become extremely difficult to develop agreement on who should be tested, to say nothing of offering education. This is done commonly in many countries in europe, and explicit ads on tv are common. Not here. ...Read more

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Is there any conclusive study to prove that sex education of school kids reduces the incidence of hiv-aids?

Is there any conclusive study to prove that sex education of school kids reduces the incidence of hiv-aids?

Customized Approach: According to the US Resource Center 4 HIV/Aids Prevention Among Adolescents, HIV diagnoses R up in young ppl ages 15-24 mostly b/c of high infection rates in minority & LGBT youth. Evidence supports importance of HIV prevention ed that is tailored to specific target teen populations - incl by race/ethnicity, by sex, by sex of partners, etc. They find that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. ...Read more

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What are the biological effects of long term sex abstinence?

What are the biological effects of long term sex abstinence?

Abstinence from sex: There are no long-term affect. Things like television and the media have given an inaccurate perception regarding this issue. There are people who choose to be chaste and others who are due to age or health and are doing quite well. ...Read more

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Is it really true that abstinence from sex is a risk factor for prostate cancer?

Is it really true that abstinence from sex is a risk factor for prostate cancer?

Not true: This is not a correct statement. Years ago research suggested that men who are more sexually active are more likley to maintain their erections into old age. It does not relate to the risk of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Today I'm going to embark on a challenge of no sex or masturbation for 150 days, but before I do so I need reassurance that sexual abstinence is safe?

Today I'm going to embark on a challenge of no sex or masturbation for 150 days, but before I do so I need reassurance that sexual abstinence is safe?

Usually safe, but...: Nothing in life is 100% safe. Safety is relative, so one has to compare "situation A" with "situation B". One of the situations is the "no sex or masturbation" situation. That means looking seriously at the 2 situations, and posting another question. ...Read more

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After long term abstinence i recently had sex. Days later, i had a very light menstruation (?) but it only lasted 2-3 days. What could it be?

After long term abstinence i recently had sex. Days later, i had a very light menstruation (?) but it only lasted 2-3 days. What could it be?

Hard to say: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Are there any studies comparing fetal outcomes of sex vs. Abstinence during pregnancy? All i can find is 'sex is safe unless your doctor says it's not

Are there any studies comparing fetal outcomes of sex vs. Abstinence during pregnancy? All i can find is 'sex is safe unless your doctor says it's not

No: No studies that I am aware of on that specific question. Sex is safe during pregnancy as long as it is not painful and there is no predisposing condition, such as placenta previa, which may entail higher risk.Check with your gynecologist, but in most cases you will be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Education (Definition)

Is a form of learning, in which knowledge, skills & habits of people are transferred from 1 generation to the next through teaching, training or research . It has effect on the way one thinks, feels & acts. It is derived from the latin word meaning to ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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Abstinence Programs (Definition)

Abstinence programs are designed to teach about and promote ...Read more