State’s health department in hot water over sex survey - FOX 13 News

State’s health department in hot water over sex survey

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Let's talk about sex -- it's what the State of Florida wants young women to do.

If you're between the ages of 18 and 24, you might have received a sex survey in the mail. It was sent out in September and October.

It has 46 questions, 12 pages in all, and the content is now raising some eyebrows.

It was sent to 4,100 women. It's all voluntary, and those who participated received a $10 CVS gift card.

The State of Florida wants to know how many sex partners young women have had in the past year. It also asks if you had unprotected sex and some of the reasons you did that.

Then on Question 21, it asks:

"When you last had unprotected sexual intercourse with a man, did you experience any of the following emotions/feelings?"

The answers range from:

-You were in the "heat of the moment."

-You were excited about the possibility of having unprotected sex.

-You found your partner attractive and thought it would be nice to have a baby with him.

Dr. Catherine Lynch, a Tampa OB/GYN, says the questions are biased and leading, and she doesn't see a lot of benefit.

"If you think the guy's cute and that's why you had unprotected intercourse, isn't something I can necessarily educate on. Unless you also ask questions about, were you concerned about getting sexually transmitted diseases?' "

The survey does not have any questions about STDs.

Later in the survey, the women are asked:

Has someone you were sexually involved with ever

-Told you not to use birth control

-Said that he would leave you if you used birth control

-Hurt you physically because you did not agree to get pregnant

-Put holes in the condom so you would get pregnant

Dr. Lynch questions the validity and effectiveness of this type of survey.

"As a woman, and I'm not even in that age group, I would find some of these questions offensive and would tend to either skip those answers or throw out the survey and think that it's a crock," she said.

A second mailing of the survey was planned until a minor received the survey. Now it's all been scratched.

Some women say the survey is too private and the questions offensive.

Florida's Governor Rick Scott told FOX 13 during a lunch stop in Tampa that he's glad the survey was pulled.

"The right thing is, they're not doing it anymore. They shouldn't have done it. They're not doing it, It was the wrong thing to do," he said.

The Department of Health says the purpose of the survey is to find out why women do and do not use contraceptives on a regular basis, because Florida has one of the lowest rates of contraceptive use in the country.

We have the entire survey for you to look at this link:


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