Virgin teens 'have same STD rate' BBC Tuesday, March 9, 2004 Young Americans who pledge to remain virgins until they diseases as those who do not, a new study says. fewer partners and get married earlier. But they are much less likely to use condoms, the research found. [Caption] The Bush administration backs the abstinence movement Bearman told the AP news agency. 'Just say no' The research, which is being presented at the National 12,000 adolescents. The data was gathered from young people aged 12 to 18 who were questioned again six years later. According to the study, the STD rates were: o Whites who pledged virginity 2.8% - did not 3.5% o Blacks: pledgers 18.1% - non-pledgers 20.3% o Asians: pledgers 10.5% - non-pledgers 5.6% o Hispanics: pledgers 6.7% - non-pledgers 8.6% The study's authors say that from a statistical point of view, the rates are the same for both groups. "The message is really simple: 'Just say no' may work in the short-term but doesn't work in the long-term," Peter Bearman of Columbia University's Department of Sociology said. Critics of abstinence-only education said the findings "It's a tragedy if we withhold from these kids information about how not to get STDs or not to get pregnant," Dorothy Mann, of the Family Planning Council, told the Associated Press. But promoters of abstinence argue that telling young people about condoms and other forms of contraception diseases. US President George W Bush has massively increased during his term in office. Christian abstinence organisation True Love Waits says it has more than one million card-carrying young members. On 13 February, thousands of American teenagers abstinence. More at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3546007.stm Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 20 Phalgun 5104, Tuesday, March 9, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Kumbh Mase Krshn Pakshe Mangal Vasara Yuktayam Chitra-Svati Nakshatr Vriddhi-Dhruv Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Triteeya- Chaturthi Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.