Tuesday, May 02, 2017

CDC Acknowledges That Many Kids Abstain From Sexual Intercourse

When mothers of young girls tell their pediatrician or other pro-HPV vaccine people that they will not allow their daughters to get the vaccine because their daughters aren't allowed to be sexually active, they're usually countered with the attitude of "you're dreaming if you think your kid won't have sex". But isn't it interesting--and useful the next time you run into this attitude--that this CDC study actually acknowledges it IS possible and many teens DO hold to abstinence.

The report, titled "Sexual Identity, Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12, United States and Selected Sites," showcased the results from a 2015 survey that monitored several categories of health-related behaviors like tobacco usage, drug and alcohol use, sexual habits, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
The report concludes "that students who had no sexual contact have a much lower prevalance of most health-risk behaviors compared with students" who had sexual contact....
The CDC report also included findings from 25 state surveys, and 19 large, urban school district surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12 which took place between December of 2014 and September of 2015.
~The Christian Post

The report went to to say:
"With regard to smoking, teenage virgins are 3,300 percent less likely to smoke daily than their peers who are sexually involved with someone of the opposite sex, Stanton computed from the report's data. Teen virgins are 9,500 percent less likely to smoke daily than their peers who are sexually involved with someone of the same sex or in a bisexual relationship, he added. Chaste young people are also extremely less likely to use indoor tanning beds, binge drink, smoke marijuana, ride in cars as passengers with a drunk driver, and get into physical fights than their sexually active peers. Abstinent youth are also more likely to get a solid eight hours of sleep every night and eat breakfast daily."

This indicates good principles, values, and self control, with critical thinking skills (long term picture--how will this behavior or choice affect one later on--type of thinking) overall. Self control regarding sex will also be used in other areas in one's life.

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