Sex-ed Classes Might Deter Younger Teens from Having Sex

A controversial study from the Center for Disease Control indicates that attending sex education classes prevents teens from engaging in sex until after age fifteen years.

Males in the study were 71% and females 59% less likely to have sex before that age than those who did not take such classes. Males were also

2.77 times more likely to use birth control if they took the classes. This effect did not hold true for girls.

The study is controversial because other research has shown that sex education classes do not deter teens from delaying sex or using birth control. Critics also point out that the CDC used old data.

This study appears in the Journal of Adolescent Health.