As dismayed as I was when I read this, I got more upset when I read in my local paper (in an AP article) that most "experts" are blaming abstinence programs for the problem. Why? They argue that when a child is taught not to have sex that we are just setting them up for failure and are taking a "head in the sand" approach to the reality. But, is this the truth of the matter? No.
The most prevalent disease, HPV, can be contracted even if a condom is used. Even the Center for Disease Control say:
For those who choose to be sexually active, condoms may lower the risk of HPV, if used all the time and the right way.Yet, they still blame abstinence programs for the problem. Why don't we get down to the root of the problem. When we teach kids how to use condoms and tell them "better if you didn't, but if you do, use a condom", THEN we are setting them up for failure.
As for schools teaching sex ed., I don't want my kids learning about sex in a public school, where politics play a bigger part than what is best for my child. This is why we homeschool. My children will learn the beauty of sexuality and why it is a gift from God intended for their spouse, if they have one. The schools basically tell them they are little animals that need to wear protective gloves (that might fail) but can help reduce risk. Of course, they don't talk about the emotional, spiritual or relational problems that sexually active teens have. They also don't tell them they are more likely to have a marriage fail or take part in other high-risk behaviors.
Try googling "abstinence programs" and you will find a 10-1 ratio of sites attacking abstinence programs as unscientific, inaccurate, and as teaching our kids to fail. I really don't understand the line of argumentation that condoms "fix" any problem.