A single-focused message on sexual risk avoidance
Comprehensive instruction on the emotional, health, and social benefits of avoiding teen sexual activity
A discussion on condoms and contraceptives; and gives medically accurate information that includes:
Data on the effectiveness and risk of condoms for reduction of pregnancy, and reduction in sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Data on the effectiveness and risk of birth control for the reduction of pregnancy
Studies have shown that a single-focused sexual risk avoidance message:
Is the most effective approach in reducing teen sex
Is effective among high-risk teens
Does not reduce condom use among teens who choose to engage in sex
Has positive impact on academic performance
Demonstrates that youth with prior sexual experience can reduce sexual activity and reduce the number of partners
The Abstinence Only policy, with its single-focused approach on risk avoidance, is the best policy for our school district. Out teens deserve to know the truth. Only abstinence – not condoms –completely eliminates the risks associated with teen sex. No matter what precautions are taken, teens can still get pregnant, contract a STD, or experience negative emotional consequences. Any of these results can jeopardize a teen’s health and future. The Abstinence Only policy will place the focus on providing valuable life and decision-making skills that lay the foundation for personal responsibility and a successful future.
The Jemmott Study of Inner City Youth, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2010;164(2):152-159
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact sheet for public health personnel: Male latex condoms and sexually transmitted diseases, www.cdc.gov/nhcstp/od/condom.pdf
The Medical Institute publication on the Condom, ISBN 1-933902-42-6, 2009
American Journal of Health Studies: 26(4) 2011 “Do Abstinence Education Programs Influence High-School Academic Performance?