Isn’t it irresponsible to tell young people to save sex for marriage? For those who don’t succeed it can be more risky as they may not be prepared and have unprotected sex.
- Risk displacement is well known in medical circles. The protection offered by condoms in the population as a whole may be cancelled out in practice by the increase in the numbers of sexual acts. People are more likely to have sex if they think a condom will protect them.
- The natural reticence which comes from fear of pregnancy can protect young people from sex which is damaging to them.
- Contraception education has been common in schools for many years. It is not simply more information about contraception that young teens need, but information about relationships that empowers them to say ‘no’.
- By giving information about condoms and showing teens how to use them, adults who are the authority figures in teens’ lives may be giving them, unintentionally, permission to have sex.
- ‘Unprotected sex’ implies that ‘protected sex’ is safe. Condoms reduce risk, but they do not eliminate it.
- ‘Having sex’ can never do a young teen good, whether they use a condom or not.