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U.S. school based programs fall into one of the two broad categories:
abstinence only and comprehensive. Abstinence only programs aim to defer sexual
activity entirely until older or married. Strict abstinence only programs aim
to teach only abstinence from sex as the best way to avoid unwanted pregnancy,
HIV, and STDs. While practicing abstinence is 100% effective in
controlling negative outcomes, abstinence only education is not effective. Toups
and Holmes (2002) reviewed a number of abstinence based program evaluations and
found evidence of lower sexual activity and pregnancy rates in program
participants.

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