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Check out this interested article via CNN

They report on the findings of a study of 18-29 year olds.

Some choice quotes:

Most sexually active unmarried young adults believe pregnancy should be planned, but about half do not use contraception regularly, according to a study published Tuesday.
Myths about pregnancy and sexual activity continue to permeate circles of young people. For instance, 28 percent of men incorrectly believe they will get extra protection from wearing two condoms at once, a practice that actually leads to condom breakage. At the same time, 18 percent of men wrongly believe that having sex standing up reduces the chance that they will get a female partner pregnant.
I find it really striking the shear numbers of young adults who really do not have enough information to prevent pregnancy.

Too, something to note, is that the article mentions nothing of young adults' knowledge of STI protection.

So, what are your thoughts? Does the information in the article surprise you? Why or why not?

[ 12-18-2009, 02:47 AM: Message edited by: orca ]

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Wait, so most people believe pregnancy should be planned. And yet we have all these unplanned pregnancies, and half of them are carried to term. That's...a bit of a gap there that's worth exploring.

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