Gaps Found in Young People’s Knowledge of Sex
Although most sexually active singles aged 18 to 29 believe pregnancy should be planned, more than half do not regularly use some form of birth control.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Most sexually active, unmarried young adults believe that pregnancy should be planned, but half do not use contraception regularly, says the surprising findings of a new study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
The report, which was published on Tuesday, found that it was at least “slightly likely” for 29 percent of women and 42 percent of men ages 18 to 29 to have unprotected sex in the next three months and “quite or extremely likely” for 17 percent of women and 19 percent of men.
“What is surprising is just how wide the gap is between single young adults’ intentions and behavior on this very important issue,” said the organization’s chief program officer Bill Albert.
A focus on abstinence-only education in recent years may be to blame for the lack of contraception knowledge, said researchers. (CNN)