A recent study suggests teens that have sex within committed relationships seem to do just as well in school as teens who abstain.
The study, conducted by professors from the University of California and the University of Minnesota, found that students who had casual sex are more likely to suffer a negative impact on their education such as being suspended or expelled from school.
Conversely, sexually active students in serious or committed relationships fared about the same as students who are virgins.
Researchers said teens in committed relationships may get emotional support from their partners which helps reduce anxiety and stress levels in school.
However, Gerard Henry, author of Seductive Delusions: Exposing Lies About Sex, warned that teenage sex has damaging effects on more than just a student's grades.
"First of all, what are the consequences in having sex?" Gerard challenged. "What are some of the outcomes that can happen for having sex? It's just not about 'we have these feelings and so this is part of how we communicate.' There's other aspects that go along with that. I would wonder if parents are with that."
Henry, who is also the creator and host of "Black Entertainment Television's gospel music program "Lift Every Voice," travels the country encouraging students to focus on more important matters than "hooking up" with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
"If this guy is an athlete, this young lady's an athlete, she needs to be focused on developing her craft, not trying to develop her romantic energies with someone else," Henry said. "That's a waste of energy and time and it will literally short circuit her fulfilling her destiny and being at the top of what God has called her to be in."
He also encourages youth to cultivate an intimate relationship with God and to follow the Bible's guide for sex.
"God obviously doesn't make a mistake in what he's designed," Henry explained. "A committed relationship, one, allows the freedom, liberty. Sex outside of marriage is all about performance. In marriage you're free to be who you are. If you mess up, this is a commitment. No problem. But this is a lifelong discovery."
Meanwhile, studies show teens who have had sex before marriage regret having lost their virginity.
*Original broadcast Aug. 25, 2010.