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Federal Guidelines for Abstinence Education Programs
(Title V and Community Based Abstinence Education)

A. Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity.

B. Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school-age children.

C. Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and other associated health problems.

D. Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity.

E. Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context, of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

F. Teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents and society.

G. Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances, and how alcohol and drug use increase vulnerability to sexual advances.

H. Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.