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Abstaining from sexual activity is a surefire way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted diseases. But programs advocating abstinence often fail to prevent young people from having sex, researchers write in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Such programs, sometimes referred to as "abstinence only until marriage" programs, typically advocate monogamous, heterosexual marriage as the only appropriate context for sexual intercourse and as the only certain way to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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CORRECTION: The original version of this story from Oklahoma Watch incorrectly stated that Putnam City Public Schools requires all freshman boys and girls at its three high schools who don't opt out to attend health forums about abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases. The health forums are held only at Putnam City North High School.

Meredith Everitt

On Joe Sangiardi’s desk, on the first floor of the Conoco Student Leadership Center of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, there’s a pineapple-sized jar, and it’s full of condoms.

“My friends think it’s really funny I have them around here, but I joke that it is candy for college kids.” Sangiardi says.

Assignment: Radio March 24, 2013

Mar 25, 2013
Hayley Thornton

Each week, Assignment: Radio brings you stories on a different theme. Last time we took you to some interesting events in the community. This week, we focus on hard news topics like environmental conservation and the drug war. 

Assignment: Radio is KGOU's student-produced public affairs program focusing on issues and events on the University of Oklahoma campus.