Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Information Age? What information?

Created by: Jillian

A few posts back I discussed a study that had been released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Self Magazine in which they questioned how young women and men could be so clueless about their sexual health in an era of such great information sharing.

My answer was that the information being shared had nothing to do about safe sex and preventing unintended pregnancies and more to do with pleasure and care free/no questions asked sex.

Now today, I receive this little article, saying that of the websites searched after googling the terms, "birth control", "morning after pill", and "sexually transmitted disease", half failed to provide accurate, complete information about emergency contraception, 60% said birth control causes weight gain, despite recent research to the contrary, and only about half correctly stated that some STDs, such as herpes, can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or kissing.

Some of the websites identified--WebMD, Wikipedia & Mayoclinic.

So, we don't provide our youth with sex education and for those who are responsible enough to google, we provide them with misinformation.


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