Teenage myths about sex and HIV

Filed under: Teens, Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies, In The News, Day Care & Education

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't enough, teens also believe that drinking Mountain Dew and smoking marijuana will prevent pregnancy.

State officials are worried -- and rightly so, if you ask me -- that the myths are popping up because of the state's abstinence-only sex education programs. I guess if you don't tell kids how to prevent HIV and pregnancy, they'll come up with some creative ideas on their own. Lawmakers are now working on a bill that would require a more comprehensive approach to sex ed.

Under the new law, sex education would still include abstinence information (which, after all, is probably the best choice for teens) but would also cover condoms and other methods of birth control and disease prevention. You know, just in case they decide to do what comes naturally. Sounds like a good idea to me.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.