A new sexual health study has cast doubts on the merits of abstinence education, but also warns of the danger of having sex too young.
A study by Columbia University states that people who start to have sex around the age of 14 have an increased risk of STDs. The same study found waiting until 22 or older is linked to various sexual problems including erectile dysfunction.
The study found that the optimum age to lose virginity was around the age of 17-18. This seemed to lead to the best overall sexual health in later life. The study criticized abstinence education as potentially harmful for sexual wellbeing.