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Florida survey asks young women about their sex lives

5:59 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - Why is Gov. Rick Scott's administration asking young women intimate details about their sex lives?


The state Department of Health recently mailed a survey to more than 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 24.


The 12-page survey asks women to answer more than 40 questions about their past sexual experiences and the survey gets very personal.


It asks a woman such questions as: what age did she first have sexual intercourse, how many men has she had sex with in the last year, whether she's used birth control, why she decided not to use birth control and how many pregnancies she's had in her life.


The so-called "Florida's Women's Contraception Use Survey" was mailed in September and October and one went to a minor. State Surgeon General John Armstrong called that a mistake and apologized to the minor. A second mailing was canceled as a result of that mistake.


Women were offered a $10 gift card at CVS if they filled out the survey. The Department of Health says it has received responses but could not provide the total number.


The department says the survey is part of a larger study on the demand for birth control services among Florida women.


The department did not meet our request to talk with someone about the issue, but a spokeswoman emailed a statement saying all of the information is confidential and will not be shared with any other groups or individuals.


The statement said all questions were taken from existing national surveys.

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