Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. Teens Have Important Gaps in Knowledge of STDs

04/13/2007

Program and control group youth appear better informed about the risks of pregnancy than about the risks or consequences of contracting STDs. Although a high proportion of youth reported that having unprotected sex just once could result in an STD, 47 percent of sexually active youth had unprotected sex in the previous 12 months. Moreover, on a scale measuring their understanding of the health consequences of STDs, youth on average got only about half of the answers correct; on a scale measuring STD identification, youth were correct only about two-thirds of the time. In summary, there is a lack of knowledge of the consequences of STDs among both groups.

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