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Unformatted text preview: Sex, drugs, politics and the HPV vaccine 893 2008 The Authors Journal compilation 2008 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd majority of US adults approve of school-based comprehensive sex education programmes, moral conservatives have succeeded in making abstinence-only curricula the law of the land (Dailard 2001). Federal funding for sex education, which few states can afford to refuse, requires recipients to teach that sexual abstinence until marriage is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems (Advocates for Youth and SIECUS 2001). Such curricula do not result in delayed first intercourse, lower rates of STIs, or prevent teen pregnancy (Kirby 2002) and medical organisations oppose them. Yet, the proportion of US public school districts offering comprehensive sex education shrank significantly over the 1980s and 1990s, while the proportion teaching abstinence-only curricula increased (Dailard 2001).the proportion teaching abstinence-only curricula increased (Dailard 2001)....
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