Posted by Brian at 4:11 PM
Not well at all, apparently.
CHICAGO - At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.Those are terrifying numbers, and I don't think it's a jump to say that abstinence-only sex education has had a deleterious effect on them. Teens are going to have sex, and if you tell them that the only right way to avoid disease and pregnancy is to not have it, then you're going to get a higher incidence of disease and pregnancy.
A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls — nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
In other news from the world of right-wing sex advice, Eliot Spitzer cheated with a prostitute because his wife didn't make him feel like a man. Thanks, "Doctor" Laura, for that piece of insight. You know who's got to be hating life pretty badly right now because of this story? "Diaper" David Vitter. Everyone had forgotten about him until Eliot Spitzer got busted, but now he's back in the news as the guy who got busted for much the same thing, and got a pass. The reminder can't be good for his marriage, though I doubt it's doing much harm to his political career. He's a Republican, after all.