As a taxpayer, I am appalled to learn that my tax dollars are supporting a budget where "a third of the President's HIV budget is given to abstinence programmes." People continue to die of AIDS while we squander resources on demonstrably ineffective treatments.
Researchers found none of the abstinence-only programmes had an impact on the age at which individuals lost their virginity, whether they had unprotected sex, the number of sexual partners, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases or the number of pregnancies.I have no problem at all with abstinence being part of comprehensive sex education, but to continue funding abstinence-only programs in light of mounting evidence that they do not work is absurd.
H/T to Deep Thoughts
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