A lack of education around sex can lead to a lot of unwanted things like sexually transmitted infections and diseases to pregnancies. For many people sex is a taboo subject so delivering worthwhile information to teens can be difficult due to parent’s attitudes. One way to get directly to teens is through the internet and, unlike abstinence-only programs (which raise STIs and lower condom use), a new online course helps teens be safer when it comes to sex.
The results of the study showed a 10-per-cent increase in condom use among students who had taken the course and a reduction in self-reported infections for those students who were sexually active when the course started.
Gonzalez-Navarro said there was a significant, positive impact on sexual behaviour among friend groups who had taken the course.
â€œThat was pretty encouraging,â€ he said. â€œYou get much more effects if you have groups of kids knowing the same things.â€