After looking at sex-education programs in public schools, a global health research organization has come to the same conclusion as a U.S. Health and Human Services study.
A Cochrane review released last month with muted publicity concludes the same thing the HHS study found about school-based sex education: It is not working. Valerie Huber of the pro-abstinence Ascend says the conclusions of the Cochrane study, which involved 55,000 young people from around the world, are not surprising.
"We've known for a long time what the best health message (abstinence) is for young people, and we're getting more and more details that they're resonating with that and that the opposite message (safe sex) is having the opposite effect," Huber relays.
The Cochrane review plainly states that sex-ed advocates have no proof their curriculum works. Nonetheless, Huber says such programs have gained a lot of traction because of a lot of government funding.
"I'm hopeful that this research study, the HHS study, and others that seem to be suggesting similar results will push the pause buttons," she tells OneNewsNow.
Sex-ed programs stress pregnancy prevention and the use of condoms rather than abstinence.