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Sex ed, yes. Birth control? Not so much, says CDC

By John Published: September 16, 2010

A Centers for Disesase Control and Prevention survey of teens finds that although 97 percent of of males receive formal sex education before turning 18, only 62 percent were taught about birth control methods. 96 percent of female students received formal sex education, but only 70 percent were taught about birth control. The data is taken from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth.

CDC report here.

These data show that the majority of male and female teenagers 15-19 years are receiving formal sex education on ''how to say no to sex,'' methods of birth control, STDs, and how to prevent HIV/AIDS. About one-half of teenagers reported first receiving instruction on ''how to say no to sex,'' STDs, and how to prevent HIV/AIDS while in middle school. Most teenagers have talked to their parents about at least one of the six sex education topics. Female teenagers are more likely than male teenagers to talk to their parents about ''how to say no to sex,'' methods of birth control, and where to get birth control.

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