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Teach Your Kids What They Need to Know

November 19, 2012

Adequate funding is crucial to ending America's HIV epidemic. But until we have a vaccine, we also need to reduce the frequency of risky sex -- especially among teens who may have had abstinence-only sexual education or none at all.

Two weeks ago, we reported Florida study findings that adolescent girls given meaningful sex education including information about condoms, other birth control methods, and STIs, had less, not more, sex. Fears that mentioning such things will make kids have more sex at earlier ages are simply unfounded. Equally unfounded is some parents' belief that they have control over their teenagers' sexual behavior. The focus of sex ed for adolescents, like the focus of drug policies, should be reducing the harm of behaviors we may not want but cannot entirely prevent.

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