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Why waste money on sex ed for teens!

Posted by Dr. Susan on May 21, 2008

The results of a new survey uncover some interesting info–teens who have oral sex are far more likely to also be having REAL sex!! So much for the theory that kids are doing ‘everything but’ and staying ‘technical virgins. The truth is that without proper sex ed, teens are being exposed, not only to the chance of getting pregnant, but to scary sexually transmitted diseases that they will have for the rest of their lives. The Bush administration and its followers need to get their heads out of the sand, shake the dirt out of their ears and eyes and pay attention to what is going on. Kids are having sex. Real sex, oral sex, anal sex. And they need protection so that they don’t have to suffer life-long consequences from mistakes that they may make as teenagers.

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Are teens flawed or the research?

Posted by Dr. Susan on March 14, 2008

A study,  released this week by the CDC is sending panic through the nation–it proclaims that 26% of teenage girls have sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), most of them black black girls. I have two serious problems with this research.

It is basing these findings on 838 girls. The CDC extrapolated findings of an ENTIRE nation from a sample of fewer than nine hundred!! They’ve got to be kidding, right?! This is a “nationally representative sample”? Shame on them–a waste of time and money.

To make matters worse is my second problem. The study is based on data that was collected FIVE YEARS AGO. Teens are like technology. Five years ago is irrelevant. Why didn’t the CDC team up with MTV now–they would have collected 10, 000 interviews in five minutes and had real, current data to analyze. Instead they’re relying on a pathetically small sample size that’s completely outdated.

But what amazes me is that doctors and the media are buying it, accepting it, panicking about it…but not questioning it. I’m not saying that girls don’t have STD’s or that we shouldn’t be concerned. Of course we should! I speak to hundreds of girls every year about practicing safe sex. I believe in the new HPV vaccine–although I don’t think we should be giving it to 9-year olds because we don’t know how long it lasts. But the truth STD’s may or may not be a huge problem for teenage girls. Are they? Based on this study, I have no idea and neither do you!!!

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