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Study: Sex education works

A new study seems to indicate that sex education works. Teenagers who participate in sex education classes are more likely to delay sex until they're older, according to new government research. A new study on American teenagers finds that sex education classes do not make kids more likely try out the real thing. In fact, it's just the opposite. Researchers from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that adolescents who participated in sex education classes were more likely to delay sex until they were older. Boys who participated in sex education were 70 percent more likely to delay sexual activity until at least age 15. They were also nearly three times as likely to use birth control. Girls were about 60 percent more likely to wait for sex until at least age 15 if they had taken sex education classes. The study did not examine which types of classes were the most effective, those that stress "abstinence only" or classes that included information on birth control. Researchers found sex education was particularly helpful to adolescents considered high risk for early sexual activity, such as urban minority teenagers. They conclude that arming teens with knowledge about sex gives them the power to make healthy decisions.

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