Teen sex running wild? Abstinence OK, but contraception works

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Relying on a message of abstinence to stop hormone-charged teens from having sex doesn’t always work.

That’s the word from a new group trying to convince teens to use contraception if they are going to have sex.

The new organization is called “Treble-Up” because officials are urging randy teenagers to make sure they can avoid pregnancy by using three different contraception methods at the same time if they are going to have sex.

“The U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the developed world, with New Mexico leading the 50 states, followed by Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana,” according to officials.

“Texas is tied with Oklahoma for fifth highest teen pregnancy rates, but is first for repeat teen pregnancies and third for HIV rates. It’s not surprising, given that 25 percent of Texas school districts don’t even teach sex-education and almost 60 percent teach abstinence-only.”

While “Treble-Up” focuses mainly on southern states and especially Texas, California has had a better record that a lot of the states cited by the organization.

California comes in at about the mid-point in teen pregnancy rates, and teen pregnancy has dropped by 74 percent between 1991 and 2014, according to a number of studies.

“Abstinence is a good message, but by itself is not enough,” Treble-Up said in a statement.

“For example, abstinence isn’t effective against rape, nor is it 100 percent effective against STDs, some of which can be transferred by skin-to-skin contact, shared needles, and non-intercourse forms of sexual contact.

“Babies can even be born with STDs. Even couples that do abstain until marriage still need to know how to plan their families and how to avoid disease.”

According to the new group, it was formed “to start a discussion of educational policy in Texas. Research shows that teen pregnancies are the lowest in states with comprehensive sex education, and highest in those…

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