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Teens may not follow virginity pledges

October 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The teen pregnancy rate is up for the first time in 14 years, and a study shows teens who take virginity pledges may not be following them.Almost $200 million is spent on abstinence education. But in a study about sexual behavior, researchers at Johns Hopkins report those virginity or abstinence pledges may be ineffective. They found that teens who took the pledges engaged as much premarital sex as those who made no pledges.

Some experts think teaching kids about birth control and abstinence would be more effective.


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