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Report Details Teen Sex Concerns in South

March 21, 2012

Young people in the South have higher STD and teen pregnancy rates than their peers in other US regions, and the solution may be comprehensive sex education, according to a recent study by Auburn University-Montgomery's Center for Demographic Research (AUM-CDR).

The study concentrated on 10 states -- Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. AUM-CDR researchers estimated teen childbirth expenses in the region cost the local, state and federal government $2.3 billion in 2008.

"We knew that abstinence-only is not really working as much as we would like," said principal investigator and AUM-CDR Director Yanyi Djamba. "It's not a bad thing, it is just not working." Parents, teachers, elected officials and youth should insist upon greater access to quality sex education in schools, Djamba said.

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