We need an army of guerrilla sex-ed teachers
It seems that virginity pledges are not working out the way their proponents had hoped. According to a recently published study, "pledgers" have the same rate of STDs as their non-pledging peers, they are less likely to use protection when they have sex, they are less likely to go to the doctor and get treated for the infections they do get, and they are very likely to replace vaginal intercourse with other kinds of sex that are also risky. For example: male "pledgers" are 4 times more likely than their non-pledging peers to be having anal sex. Which is fine, I hope they have a great time, but I sure as hell hope they're using those condoms nobody has taught them how to use!
This is all a very funny joke on the uptight Christians until I remember how much funding the US federal government is putting into this kind of program, and how much they're NOT funding actual sex education. How many kids are going to get HIV while "saving their virginity for marriage" before we get the idea that kids need real information?
Meanwhile, I have a co-worker who teaches teenage girls in jails about how to not get HIV. And she tells me that said teenage girls have some pretty interesting ideas about how bodies work. Recently the girls in her class told her that (as everyone knows, they said) "booty sex will give you more junk in the trunk in 4 days and a wake-up." Translation: if you have anal sex, you will have bigger, sexier butt-cheeks by the morning of the fifth day afterward. They had trouble believing her when she told them it wasn't so.