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Waiting Won’t Make You a Safer Lover: Study

Whether sex education focuses only on abstinence or teaches students about contraception and other topics as well, it all shares one main message: Wait. In abstinence-only, students are exhorted to wait for sex until they’re married. In “comprehensive” or “abstinence-plus,” the idea is to delay sexual relations until . . . later.

“The underlying assumption is that delay reduces sexual risk-taking” — and with it unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, says University of South Florida psychologist Marina A. Bornovalova. “If they just wait, then they’ll be less likely to have multiple partners or get pregnant early.”

“But until now, no one had tested this assumption.”

Read the original article at: Science Daily News

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