Most states have laws requiring health care providers to notify parents (or obtain their consent) when providing abortion services to teens.Â A new study published online in The Journal of Health Economics finds such â€śparental involvementâ€ť (or PI) laws have no significant impact in reducing risky sexual behavior and STI rates among youth.Â
Simply put: No. Duh.
â€śA cornerstone of the Sexual Health Model is the ability to talk comfortably and explicitly about sexuality, especially oneâ€™s own sexual values, preferences, attractions, history and behaviors. We believe that such communication is necessary for one to effectively negotiate safer sex with sexual partners, and is a valuable skill that must be learned and practiced.â€ť â€“fromÂ The Sexual Health Model: application of a sexological approach to HIV prevention, by Beatrice E. Robinson, Walter O. Bockting, B. R. Simon Rosser, Michael Miner and Eli Coleman
In most European nations, sexuality is embraced as a positive, natural part of life.Â There is open dialogue and positive social norms associated with sexual health and sexuality. In contrast, talking about sex, in everyday life, remains uncomfortable for most Americans, including parents, teens, and other adults.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are back in the news, and this time for reasons not related to research results that show how effective the vaccines are in preventing HPV infections and related diseases.