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Florida Department Of Health Spent $45,000 On ‘Sex Lives’ Study

Florida’s state health department spent $45,000 on a survey of the sex habits of young women. Taxpayers in the Sunshine State may be footing the bill for the $10 CVS gift cards given to women between the ages of 18 and 24 that participated in the study.

The Florida Department of Health sent 4,100 surveys to female residents, according to the Sun Sentinel. The project was reportedly designed to help health officials better understand women’s need for family-planning services. The 12-page questionnaire contained 46 questions and was mailed in September and October, The Blaze reports.

Questions posed in the Florida sex survey reads:

“How old were you when you first had sex? Last time you had sex with a man, did you do anything to keep from getting pregnant? If not, why not? Are you depressed? Have you ever been physically abused? What’s your religion? Do you smoke? How much do you weigh?”

A message added to the sex habits survey added by Florida Health Department Acting Director Betsy Wood states:

“Taking part is up to you. You can refuse to take part. You can join now and quit later. Either way, it won’t affect how we treat you.”

State officials recently decided to put an end to the survey asking female citizens about their sex lives. The decision to halt the health department project was reportedly reached after a minor received a sex habits survey.

Some women allegedly found the survey offensive and believed it was an invasion of their privacy. The Florida survey reportedly did not state where the funds to cover the project were coming from or if the information shared would remain private.