Sexual Risk Avoidance (Abstinence) Education

The American College of Pediatricians recognizes the health benefits of sexual risk avoidance (SRA – formerly known as ‘abstinence’) as the optimal lifestyle for all youth.  Therefore, the College strongly endorses SRA education and recommends its adoption by all school systems in lieu of “comprehensive sex education.”  This position is based on the public health principle of primary prevention, promoting risk avoidance in lieu of risk reduction to obtain the highest standard of health.  The College has released a statement, Abstinence Education, supporting its position. 

The following are additional resources supporting sexual risk avoidance.

Abstinence Education in Context

Letter to Parkway School Board, St. Louis, Missouri

A Closer Look at the Evidence

Abstinence Clearing House

Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership

Selecting Authentic Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Curricula

A Summary of Research Surrounding Oxytocin

Facts on Condom Effectiveness

Correcting Misinformation in the Sex Ed Debate

Facts vs Myths

Sex Education Politics and the War on Young Women

Sexual Risk Avoidance Abstinence Education is a win/win for taxpayers and teens

A History of Sex Education: Sex Education as Bullying

Sexual Risk Avoidance & Gay Teens

Facts About Youth is a practical resource for students, parents and educators on the development of sexual orientation of youth. Amid much confusion in today’s society on this topic, the Facts website provides objective, scientifically-supported information for parents in childrearing and for educators in making sound school policy.




1 Freedman, L.P. “Censorship and Manipulation of Reproductive Health Information.” Coliver, S, ed. “The Right to Know: Human Right Access to Reproductive Health Information.” Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995: 1-37. qtd. in Hendricks, Kate “The Attack on Abstinence Education: Fact or Fallacy?” Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 2006.