Refusing teen sex survey will cost Georgia
by The Associated Press
May 25, 2013 12:00 AM | 1603 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Georgia stands to lose $1.8 million in health-related funding because state officials refuse to participate in a federal survey that asks students from seventh grade through high school questions about their sexual histories.

The sex questions are part of a nationwide survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Georgia hasn’t allowed them to be asked in its public schools since the 1990s. Three other states — Louisiana, Utah and Virginia — joined Georgia in opting out of the teen sex survey last year.

But this year participation comes with money attached. For the first time the federal government has tied completing the questionnaires to $1.8 million in grants for programs aimed at preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said the governor was uncomfortable about letting the government ask students as young as 12 about whether they use condoms and how many sexual partners they have had.

“Many Georgia parents would object to public schools asking their seventh-grade child these questions, and Governor Deal agrees with them,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. “We don’t think that federal funds for programs should be cut based on the use of these questions, but Governor Deal will refuse federal funds if they come (tied) to policies that run contrary to Georgia values.”

The CDC survey asks questions on drug abuse, violence, alcohol use and suicidal behavior as well as sex. Students are instructed not to include their names. Georgia students have long answered the questions on topics other than sex.

Jeff Graham, executive director of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Georgia Equality, said state officials are being shortsighted by turning down funds because they’re squeamish about children answering questions about sex. He noted Georgia reported more than 2,500 newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2011 — the fifth highest in the U.S.

“It’s really unconscionable that the Department of Education would decide they wouldn’t even apply for those funds,” Graham said.
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Mom of four
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May 27, 2013
Thank you state officials, for standing your ground on this. The intrusive federal government cannot wait to get their hands on our children.

I'm not a prude in any way, but there is something malignant about bureaucrats using children as young as twelve, and using their classrooms and teachers in this way.
Diamond Jim
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May 26, 2013
No, Georgia did not "lose" #1.8 million. Georgia SAVED the US taxpayers $1.8 million. Some things, like basic principles, are not for sale!
Lib in Cobb
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May 27, 2013
Diamond: Yes some things are not for sale. The lack of education involving HIV and other STD's is expensive. Kids as young as 12 ARE sexually active. Young girls as young as 13 are having babies. Some kids as young as 13 have contracted STDs. Ignorance is bliss, it can also be deadly. I am certain that your little darling would NEVER have any kind of sex at 13. If you believe what your kids are telling you then you are a chump. It is better to distrust and be wrong, than trust and have your kid dead.
Jack Shankles
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May 26, 2013
The Federal Govt. take our money and keep us dependent upon doing what they want to get a piece of it back.

Nathan Deal would take a hit if he had little kids talking about sex. Some do at that age but most don't.

Peachcare might be a good measurement as children that have babies get free coverage from Peachcare. It would keep the federal govt out of our 12 year old's minds.
Lib in Cobb
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May 26, 2013
Why would GA want to have any program to prevent HIV and other STDs? Please tell me I am dreaming.

I met a sixth grader yesterday who was wearing a "BODIES THE EHIBITION" t shirt. I asked this student if he/she had attended this exhibit. "No, we couldn't go because the exhibit was considered too graphic when it came to certain parts of the body". This is the kind of backward attitude of GA public schools and the parents. This thin headed thinking about science is a direct cause and effect of GA being nearly last in the high school graduation rate.

It's science folks, it's not porn, it's not

nudity, it's not titillating entertainment, it's science.

What could possible happen if your sixth grader studied the human body at a museum? Your kids are not going to have sex on the bus while en route back to the school.

It's the human body, everyone has one, some are missing vital organs, such as the brain.
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