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A study conducted on teens in Sweden and the Netherlands showed that teens in those countries were just as sexually active, but the teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rate was much lower. Researchers say this is due to sex education that begins in elementary school and continues on (Bender p.13). Only ten percent of American school-age youth participate in a comprehensive program lasting at least forty hours (demure p.89). Teens in America also score low on questionnaires based on sexual knowledge (Gordon p.45). With all the knowledge and resources at its fingertips, the U.S. could teach the same kind of classes that are being conducted in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Some also feel that sex education should be taught at home by parents. That's fine, except there is no guarantee that kids will be taught. In a formal survey of 8,000 college students over 12 years, fewer than eighty percent had received a meaningful sex education from their parents (Gordon). An informal survey [SEE APPENDIX ONE] of one hundred students at Hotchkiss High School showed that only fourteen percent had been spoken to by their parents about abstinence and/or contraception (Teen). Many children feel that parents are the least informative source for information concerning birth control and sexually transmitted diseases (Griffith p.68). With no guarantees and the children's view of their parents' knowledge, "Generation X" could be put at a higher risk if parents were left to educate their children on sexuality.
Since 1981, the year the HIV epidemic began, adolescents have been accounted for twenty percent of new infections (Hum p.142). HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus (Bender p.13). It is a blood borne virus that is transmitted when a person comes into contact with infected body fluid. This includes unprotected sex. Condoms made of latex are one way to protect against contracting the virus if the person chooses to have sex.
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