Eye On Virgins
Although sexual abstinence is about the farthest thing from most Voyeurwebbers' minds, there was an interesting item about it on the Today's Medical News Website, Voyeurwebbers.
According to a new study, so-called virgins have the same rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as non-virgins.
American teens who have vowed to abstain from sex before marriage have the same rates of STDs as sexually active teenagers. Put another way, they are probably failing to practice what they preach.
According to the survey of 15,000 kids aged 12-18, a whopping 88% who vowed to abstain from sex before marriage (i.e remain virgins) eventually broke their pledge during their teens. The survey - which was funded by the National Institutes of Health - was carried out nationally and included all social classes; what those who do surveys like to call "a representative sample."
Dr. Peter Bearman, of New York's Columbia University, led the research. He said many of these "virgins" had either not been attentive during sex education classes, or had not had them. As a result, they tend to have sex without protection more often than other non-abstaining teens.
Sadly, Bearman also found that the "abstaining" teens were less likely to seek medical help when they did catch a STD ľ probably because they did not know what they had.
He said the pledge movement was not aware of what was really happening sexually among adolescents, adding, "Ideological programs designed to make serious interventions in public health programs tend not to work."
The abstainers were more likely to have unprotected sex in their first sexual encounter. Their risk of developing a sexually transmitted disease and getting pregnant was not lower than sexually active teens.
Data from the survey showed that 59% of male teens who made no abstinence vows used a condom, while only 40% of male teens who pledged to stay virgins until marriage used a condom.
The female percentage was 55% for those who made no pledge and 47% for those who did.
Bearman said those teens who made a pledge to abstain from sex until marriage had sex later, had fewer partners and got married earlier.
They also had the same rate of STDs and the same ratio of teen pregnancies as those who opted to abstain from abstinence.
Let me make this clear: Bearman is NOT saying that the survey results mean it is okay for teens to have sex. He is saying that sex education is necessary so teens know how to have safe sex whenever the time comes for it.
Put another way, ignorance is bliss ... until you get pregnant or a sexually transmitted disease - or both. K
Che ne pensate?