A new study has found that virginity pledges don't work. The teens who take them are just as likely to have sex, are less likely to practice safe sex, and are more likely to lie about it later.
The study found that virginity pledgers have sex at similar ages to those who don't take a pledge. Their sexual practices which involve anal, vaginal, and oral sex are similar to non-pledging teens. They are just as likely to have an STD.
The study also included a follow up five years later and discovered that pledgers were 10% less likely to use condoms or other forms of birth control. They also found that 80% of pledgers lied and claimed never to have taken a pledge.