Thursday, September 23, 2010

Teens report high exposure to sex education

More than 95 percent of U.S. teenagers report that they have had "formal instruction" in sex education in school or other venues outside the home, the federal government said in a survey released Tuesday, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth-control methods.

The report does not contain trend data, but researchers said their findings that an overwhelming number of U.S. teens receive sex education has been the status quo for at least a decade.

According to data from nearly 2,800 teens, 97 percent of boys and 96 percent of girls said they had received some form of formal sex education in a school, church, community center or some other place before they were 18, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) said.

This gender gap widened when it came to learning about "methods of birth control." Seventy percent of girls said they had such instruction, compared with 62 percent of boys.

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