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One in 100 US Deaths is Related to Sexual Behavior

500,000 Students to Receive Abstinence until Marriage Message in South Africa

Harris Poll Shows Young People Think Abstinence Education Works

New Study on Character Dev’t and American High Schools

Premarital Sex May Cause Depression


ONE IN 100 US DEATHS RELATED TO SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, according to a new study. Rates of illness and premature death attributable to sexual behaviour in the United States are triple the rates in other wealthy nations, the authors say.

Using updated data from the 1996 US burden of disease study, the researchers reported that 29,782 deaths in 1998 could be attributed to sexual behaviour, constituting 1.3% of all deaths in the United States that year. They calculated a total of more than one million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in 1998 and more than 20 million adverse health events attributable to sexual behaviour. DALYs are a time based composite of years of life lost to premature death or disability. [, 02/05/05; Abstinence Clearinghouse Update, 9Feb06]

500,000 STUDENTS TO RECEIVE ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE MESSAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Abstinence Clearinghouse international affiliate, New Life Family & Crisis Pregnancy Center, is facilitating four abstinence workshops in South Africa that will reach over 500,000 children.

3,000 educators of Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the Eastern Cape will be trained in abstinence education during this three year project with Focus on the Family. These teachers will then present the curriculum to their pupils as a high impact workshop over 4 to 5 days. Over 500,000 children will hear the character and abstinence message by the end of May this year. Other courses will be held in other areas later in the year – each child in these classes will hear the message by the end of 2008. The courses will run concurrently in 24 towns in the province.

Looking forward to the opportunity to speak with children, Jacqui Brill, CEO of New Life Family and Crisis Pregnancy Center said, “I know I shall get many more invitations to address schools in the coming weeks. What a privilege it is to be a part of this.” [Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update 2/09/06]

HARRIS POLL SHOWS YOUNG PEOPLE THINK ABSTINENCE EDUCATION WORKS It effectively demonstrates just how highly young people esteem abstinence education: 56% of people who are 18-24 years old and 60% of young adults age 25 to 29 think abstinence programs effectively reduce or prevent HIV/AIDS.

Nearly 50 percent of people between 18 and 24 and 52 percent of those between 25 and 29 say the programs reduce or prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Yet, there is debate among national leaders/educators over the merits of abstinence education. The same poll may offer the answer; the older the person, the less likely they are to think abstinence education is effective.

Teens and young adults say that abstinence education works; but some adults think they know better than the tried-true message of abstinence education. Only abstinence until marriage prevents unplanned pregnancies, STDs, and emotional hurt.

Because abstinence programs are geared for the young, this poll is one that abstinence education groups must promote and sex education groups will most certainly ignore. [Washington Times, “Youths Support Abstinence as Sex Education,” 01/22/06, Abstinence Clearinghouse, 25Jan06] 


NEW STUDY ON CHARACTER DEV’T & AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS. Free copies of a national study on American high schools are now available. Written by Dr. Thomas Lickona and Dr. Matthew Davidson, the report shows how to build 8 strengths of character in youth to ensure productive & fulfilling futures. Download free report: [Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 01/18/06]


PREMARITAL SEX MAY CAUSE DEPRESSION SAYS NEW STUDY IN PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. In a study of extreme significance, the authors of “Which Comes First in Adolescence – Sex and Drugs or Depression?” have found significant scientific evidence that premarital sex may cause depression.

As the study states, “Engaging in sex and drug behaviors places adolescents, and especially girls, at risk for future depression.” By identifying that sex may be causal to depression, the authors state that depression in adulthood may be prevented in some cases by eliminating sexual activity in adolescence.

If the medical profession cares about prevention and the future health of young men and women, abstinence education should be considered by all to be sound public health policy. Will this study and its results be noticed and spread or will it be carefully ignored? These crucial questions may mean the difference between life and death for millions of Americans.
[D.D. Hallfors, et al., “Which Came First in Adolescence – Sex and Drugs or Depression?” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005; 29 (3):163-170. Abstinence Clearinghouse, 12Oct05]