In a study published earlier this year, associations were found between sex education and not having and delaying intercourse among males and delaying intercourse among females. An association between sex education and use of birth control was found for males but not females. The findings varied with socioeconomic and demographic factors. The authors reported that "sex education was found to be particularly important for subgroups that are traditionally at high risk for early initiation of sex and for contracting sexually transmitted diseases."
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