Programs reduce high-risk sexual behavior in teens

Seems that if you teach kids about risks, instead of teaching them just abstinence and avoidance of condoms, they actually learn more and have sex less. Hmmm…

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Intensive programs designed to prevent HIV infection in teens can delay the onset of sexual activity, decrease the number of sex partners and increase the use of condoms, according to a review of studies conducted between 1985 and 2001.

In addition to using condoms more often and having sex less frequently, teens who participated in intensive HIV risk-reduction programs developed better skills for negotiating lower-risk sexual encounters and talked about safer sex more often with their partners than teens who did not participate in HIV programs.