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Queer Women and People of Color Are Changing the Meaning of Sex Ed

According to a 2017 report by the Guttmacher Institute, only 22 states in the U.S. mandate sex education, and only 13 require those programs to be based on "medically accurate" information. In 2016, the nation spent $85 million on domestic abstinence-only education programs, despite research suggesting these programs don’t work, as 95 percent of Americans have sex before marriage. On average, Americans begin having sex at 17 years old, but don’t get married or become parents until their mid- to late twenties, leaving about a decade in between for abstinence-only education to put them at risk for unwanted pregnancies and STIs.


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