It seems that the twin thrusts of educating the youth on the pitfalls of profligate sexual behaviour and more engaged parenting are finally making an impact, as a new study suggests that today’s youth and young adults are abstaining from sex like never before.
Based on a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study, about 27% of males and 29% of females between the ages 15 to 24 reported never having sexual contact. This is much higher than the 22% average in the same age group that reported no sexual contact in 2002.
The increase in young people abstaining from sex is a direct result of programs like those advocated by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. However, advocacy groups are worried that impending budget cuts would undermine these early gains, as programs to educate the youth would most likely be affected.
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