It would seem too many people beat the drums for sexual abstinence by imparting false information: that abstinence-until-marriage materials incorrectly suggests that HIV can pass through condoms because the latex used in condoms is porous. (Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, the Vatican’s septuagarian celibate in charge of family values also peddled that canard); another abstinence advocate described condoms as “flimsy pieces of rubber” that students should not trust.
According to surveys in the U.S. 46.8 per cent of all high school students reported having had sexual intercourse. For high school seniors this figure reaches 63 per cent. The mean age for first sexual intercourse in Canada is 16.5 years.
The executive director of the American Public Health Association said ethical and human rights concerns arise when abstinence is presented as the only option.
John Santelli, professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University, says: “The demographic reality is that abstinence-only is out of touch with the reality of young people.”
Do you agree?