Understanding 'Abstinence': Implications for Individuals, Programs and Policies -
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Finally, there is the question of whether delays in sexual activity might come at an unacceptable price. This is raised by research indicating that while some teens promising to abstain from sex until marriage delayed sexual activity by an average of 18 months, they were more likely to have unprotected sex when they broke their pledge than those who never pledged virginity in the first place. Thus, might strategies to promote abstinence inadvertently heighten the risks for people when they eventually become sexually active?
Abstinence is 100% effective if 'used' with perfect consistency. But common sense suggests that in the real world, it can and does fail.
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