A sex education presentation at the Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee, exaggerated and made false claims, according to medical experts (audio below).
The pro-abstinence message to freshmen and sophomores was delivered by Joi Wasill (pictured) and Beth Cox earlier this month.
According to Wasill's conservative organization Decisions, Choices and Options, the message "is an educational presentation for high school students providing information about each of the options a young woman faces in an unplanned pregnancy. The goal of this program is to provide current, factual information and correct any misconceptions regarding any of the three options."
However, some of that "factual information" was not entirely true.
Cox and Wasill were recorded by an unidentified student making claims such as: all medical textbooks say life begins at conception, there’s a new STD spreading that’s worse than AIDS and having sex with eight different partners is the same as drinking a whole classroom’s spit and Oxytocin forces women to emotionally connect to a sex partner, reports the Tennessean.
“Ladies, that’s especially important for you, because many of those STDs will leave you infertile,” Cox told the teen girls. “You can no longer have children later on in life.”
Cox also warned the teen girls that if they become single moms to boys, then tragedy awaits their sons.
“Who’s going to do all those things that men like to do with men? Hunting, fishing, playing ball, all those things that teach them how to be a man and setting those boundaries?” said Cox, who did not explain how killing animals with a gun trains boys to be men.
“Again, we’re getting the medical, factual information that comes straight from the health textbook and other sources,” Wasill said.
“Fortunately, I believe the Hillsboro High School kids are smart enough to separate fact from fiction and that some of the opinions and scare tactics used in the presentation they will know are incorrect,” school board member Michael Hayes told the Tennessean.
Dr. Mary Romano, an assistant professor in Vanderbilt’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, said the claims and scare tactics used in the speech were inaccurate and don't prevent teen sexual activity.
Dr. Romano told the Tennessean that STDs will make you sterile only if untreated and that drinking spit and engaging in sex introduce different kinds of diseases.
Most medical textbooks never speak about when life begins, because that’s based on people’s opinions, according to Dr. Romano.
A spokesperson from Tennessee’s Department of Health said they do not know of any new STD that is “worse than AIDS.”
Wasill claimed she was referring to recent reports of a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea, however, those reports have been debunked.
"I disagree with the general comparison," Dr. Bruce Hirsch, an attending physician in infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, told HuffingtonPost.com. "The rate of complications from gonorrhea in terms of systemic problems is so much lower than the rate of complications from untreated AIDS infection."
"At this point in time, AIDS is a fatal infection, while gonorrhea patients very rarely die from the condition, " added Dr. Carlos del Rio, chair of the Global Health Department at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
When it comes to Oxytocin somehow forcing women to connect to their sexual partner emotionally, that theory has also been discredited, according to LiveScience.com.