Medical News & Perspectives
May 7, 2008

Abstinence-Only Programs Under Fire

JAMA. 2008;299(17):2013-2015. doi:10.1001/jama.299.17.2013

Chicago—Over the past decade, the US federal government has heavily promoted programs that advocate sexual abstinence as the key strategy for dealing with adolescent sexuality, but studies are demonstrating that the approach has little impact on teen sexual behavior or in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As a result, health professionals and government officials are working to end the programs and to expand funding for other types of sexual education initiatives, and many states have refused federal funding for abstinence-only programs.

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