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In this study, we investigate the impact of the pro-abstinence Sex Education curriculum on youths in Singapore, by examining if there is a relationship between pro-abstinence Sex Education and the rates of Sexually Transmitted diseases (STD)/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). As the rates of STD/STI transmission have been on the rise, it is crucial that the system be re-evaluated to include a curriculum that educates on protection and contraception. To study this relationship, we compiled secondary data over a course of 20 to 30 years from the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as past studies of the impact of pro-abstinence Sex Education on youths aged between 16 to 25. Despite no research about the effectiveness of Singapore’s sex education curriculum which was introduced in 2000, with multiple resources and research studies that were conducted in the United States, a comparison between the sex education curriculum in Singapore and reevaluated curriculums overseas can be made to draw a conclusion. Through regression analysis done on two different sets of data, we concluded that there was little to no difference in having a pro-abstinence Sex Education in decreasing the rate of both STI and STD.