A newly-published study shows that abstinence education is more effective in reducing sexual activity among youths than other programs.

The study was compiled and released by Drs. John and Loretta Jemmott, and Dr. Geoffrey Fong, following 662 African American middle school students for a full two years after their completion of either an abstinence class, safe-sex class, or a combination of both.

One-third of students who completed the abstinence program had sexual intercourse within two years of the class, compared to more than half of those who participated in safe sex and condom use programs, and more than 40 percent who received a combination of both abstinence and safe sex education.

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