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Science in Seconds - Abstinence-Only Education

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - Abstinence-Only Education Rheanna Sand: HIV/AIDS is the most deadly worldwide epidemic, and like many other diseases, it disproportionately affects the developing world. Its spread depends heavily on two factors: education and most importantly, access to condoms. Unfortunately, many faith-based organizations and governments aligned with the Vatican believe contraception is wrong and are banned from teaching the most effective way of prevention in the countries where it's needed most. Instead, abstinence-only education is lauded, which teaches good moral judgment as the only way to prevent infection. These educators are not allowed to distribute condoms or teach people how to use them. But if recent history in Uganda is any guide, the world would be smart to embrace more comprehensive programs that teach a combination of good behavior and condom use. The ABC program (Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms) started in 1987. And between 1991 and 2001 infection rates dropped from about 15% in the adult population down to just five percent. But the US government, under George W. Bush, promoted abstinence-only education around the world and, as a result, more Ugandans are once again engaging in risky behaviors, wasting the efforts of the past 20 years. And, except for a few focus studies on US teens, abstinence-only education doesn't significantly decrease the likelihood of having sex, or contracting STDs, or getting pregnant. Instead, it promotes a culture of shame and allows people to engage in activities that they perceive as "not real sex," but contain all the same risks. But, luckily, with a change in administration in the US, restrictions are being lifted and purse strings are opening up for more progressive programs in HIV ravaged countries. Saving millions of lives: I can't think of an act so moral as that. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 2 minutes and 10 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
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Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 5, 2011

The "ABC" of sex education.

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