Sex education in the United States

Sex education in the United States is taught in two main forms: comprehensive and abstinence-only. Comprehensive sex education covers abstinence as a positive choice, but also teaches the benefits of contraception and the avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases between sexually active individuals. Abstinence-only sex education emphasizes abstinence from sex prior to marriage and rejects methods such as contraception. The difference between the two approaches, and their impact on the behavior of adolescents, remains a controversial subject in the United States. Numerous studies have shown conflicting results.

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