I’ve had so many requests for comments about a new study: “Efficacy of a Theory-Based Abstinence-Only Intervention Over 24 Months published in the ARch Pediatri Adolesc Med. 2010;164 (2) : 152-159.–I have to add my 2 cents. The controversy is raging over the claims that “Abstinence-Only ” interventions work! Many sexuality educators are critical about the methods and the conclusions of the study. At the core, the problem is that the participants are all African-Americans with a mean age of 12.2. I can agree: the title seems “off” and the researchers could have chosen their words more carefully. But my outrage is focused elsewhere. The parts of the study’s report, I found the most troubling is that 20.6% of the participants reported having sex in the 3 months before the study! So most were 11 years old? That’s really horrible. And that is the issue which best merits our outrage and a lot more information from the authors’ of the study!