Virginity Pledges Not Found to Reduce Teen Sexual Activity

by Mona Saint MD

This study found that adolescents who take abstinence pledges are not less sexually active than other adolescents but they are less likely to use condoms and birth control.  Take home message: Teaching abstinence is commendable but adolescents should also be aware of pregnancy chances and sexual transmission of infections with sexual activity.

Rosenbaum. Pediatrics 2008; CBSNEWS.COM