Essay on Teen Birth Rates And Sexually Transmitted Infections

1784 Words Oct 23rd, 2014 null Page
In the United States, sexual activity among teenagers has increased greatly, and the importance of educating young people about all of the safety measures they can and should take while promoting safe sexual behaviors has gone up. In the U.S, teen birth rates have reached greater heights than almost every other developing country and sexually transmitted infections can spread rapidly from one person to another. In 2012, the United States had 29.4 live births per every 1,000 women in the 15-19 year old age group (“About Teen Pregnancy”). While this number has gone down from 2006, in which the U.S had 41.9 live births per every 1,000 teenagers, it is still much higher than other countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom (Stanger-Hall 2). Teen birth rates and sexually transmitted infections cover only two reasons why comprehensive sex education has become so important for young adults. However, states still receive most of the federal funding for abstinence-only programs, which studies have proven ineffective by numerous studies through the years, and may even have negative effects on adolescents (Weiser 1). Debate still surrounds which form of sex education works best and most appropriately for children and young adults in the public school system. Abstinence-only teaches benefits of abstinence, but fails to teach about important aspects of sexuality, sexual health, and birth control methods. Comprehensive education teaches about the benefits of abstinence while also…

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