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Abstinence Comix coverDespite its sometimes controversial nature, abstinence remains the only sure way to avoid unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Yet, popular media rarely show teens practicing abstinence or incorporate the decision to abstain in a positive or “cool” way. Every year on television most teenagers will view about 14,000 references to sexuality, including sexual remarks, sexual innuendoes, and jokes. However, less than 5% (165) of these remarks will deal with topics such as abstinence or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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