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Not Everyone’s Doing It and That’s a Good Thing, Health Department Says

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Posted on May 2, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education, a pro-abstinence program aimed at middle and high schoolers, as one of almost three dozen “evidenced-based” sex education programs that qualify as effective in preventing teenage pregnancy. —ARK

Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones:

The HHS fact sheet on the program lists five different sections, on topics like “sexual abstinence” and “family formation.” The “STD Facts” section “discusses how to refuse sex in different settings.” Students are also taught a “four-step plan for resisting sexual activity,” and provided with “role-playing exercises to help students practice it.” In other words, don’t count on learning anything along the lines of what young people should do if they are having sex. There’s no talk about condoms or birth control. And if you’re gay, forget about it.

The RH Reality Check piece notes that an August 2007 report on the Heritage program prepared for HHS found that it “had little or no impact on sexual abstinence or activity.” So it’s not exactly clear why it’s on a list of “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for HHS.

Yet the Heritge website now proudly boasts that it is “the only authentic abstinence education program in the United States identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as having demonstrated it’s [sic] effectiveness.”

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By americanme, May 4, 2012 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Heterochromatic, give us a break here.

YOU spend all your time masturbating in front of the computer screen, mumbling world salad potty talk and billing the US government for your belches and farts and spurts of malicious fantasy.

And a whole lot of kids are just like you—except they don’t bill the US government and they are stroking to XXX sites.

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By heterochromatic, May 4, 2012 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

—masturbating in frot of the computer screen.———

is that how you cool kids shorten frottage?

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By heterochromatic, May 4, 2012 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

me—— what makes you think that she wasn’t having sex?

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By me, May 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment
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Yet, there are so many ways to have safe sex.  My relationship with my first girlfriend would have lasted forever from my view if she would have had sex after a year, but, still, no sex.  Goodbye.

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

Well, it’s difficult to actually do it when you spend your day masturbating in frot of the computer screen.

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