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Sex ed in fifth grade better prevents teen pregnancy

Georgetown research shows that sex education for prepubescents better prevents STDs, unwanted pregnancy and risky abortions.
Nicole Shepard, Deseret News Modified: August 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

To significantly lower the number of teen pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., focused sex education needs to start as early as fifth grade, according to research out of Georgetown University.

Of the 19,738,800 new STD cases each year, the CDC reported, “young people ages 15-24 account for more than 50 percent of them and, yet, are only 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.”

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most American teens don’t receive formal sexual health instruction, if they receive it at all, until after they’ve already become sexually active.

One of the key arguments against sex education in schools is that “it’s inappropriate and will spur them to become sexually active at an earlier age,” Tara Culp-Ressler wrote for Think Progress. “According to public health experts, there’s a wide range of evidence that kids who received a comprehensive sex education in school are more likely to delay sex.”

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