A new Harris Poll
shows that a majority of young Americans ages 18 to 29
support abstinence education to prevent HIV and sexually
transmitted diseases and to avoid pregnancy, The
Washington Times reports. The national poll
included nearly 2,000 respondents. Sixty percent of those
between the ages of 25 and 29 said they believed
abstinence education is effective in preventing HIV
infections; 56% of respondents ages 18 to 24 believed so.
About half of all respondents thought abstinence education
was effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Older survey respondents were much less supportive of
abstinence education: 43% of those ages 30–39, 41% of
those ages 40–49, 37% of those ages 50–64, and
31% of those over age 65 felt abstinence education was
effective in preventing HIV and STDs. (Advocate.com)