Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. Looking Ahead


This evaluation highlights the challenges faced by programs aiming to reduce adolescent sexual activity. Nationally, about half of all high school youth report having had sex, and more than one in five students report having had four or more sexual partners by the time they complete high school. One-quarter of sexually active adolescents nationwide have an STD, and many STDs are lifelong viral infections with no cure. Findings from this study speak to the continued need for rigorous research on how to combat the high rate of teen sexual activity and its negative consequences.

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