New study shows Americans are having sex less often, especially young people

San Diego State University,  7 March 2017

According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior today, Americans who were married or living together had sex 16 fewer times per year in 2010-2014 compared to 2000-2004.

A critical factor appears to be birth cohort, with later-born generations having sex less often than those born earlier in the 20th century.

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AMAZE: a new sex ed video series

Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health (YTH), September 2016

Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health (YTH) have launched AMAZE an online sexual education resource aimed specifically at 10-14 year olds.

They have created a series of videos which aim to be humorous and engaging while helping young people learn about sex & relationships. The idea being reinforced is that sexual development is normal and healthy, and that education in this area is empowerment.

Topics include:

  • Boys Puberty
  • Girls Puberty
  • Identity & Expression
  • Healthy Relationships
  • STIs & HIV

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The Truth About Abstinence-Only Programs

Accurate, balanced sex education – including information about contraception and condoms – is a basic human right of youth. Such education helps young people to reduce their risk of potentially negative outcomes, such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Such education can also help youth to enhance the quality of their relationships and to develop decision-making skills that will prove invaluable over life. This basic human right is also a core public health principle.

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Women suffer the myths of the hymen and the virginity test

The Conversation, 15 December 2014, 10.29am AEDT

The Indonesian public lambasted the Indonesian police after Human Rights Watch released a report that police conducted “virginity tests” on female applicants in the police recruitment process.

But few have questioned yet the most dubious aspect of this harrowing practice: the validity of the test itself.

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How is our sexuality education meeting students’ needs?

Education Today, 2014 Vol 14 (3) Term 3

Authors: Anne Mitchell and Pamela Blackman

A national survey of the sexual health of Australian secondary students has been carried out approximately every five years since 1992, each survey wave funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. In the latest iteration, new questions were added about use of the internet, technology, and social media; attitudes toward fertility, reasons for virginity and experiences with sexuality and relationship education at school.

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