Florida seeks details of young women's sex lives

State Health Dpartment offers gift cards in exchange for survey

Published On: Nov 25 2012 02:52:22 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 26 2012 06:45:16 PM EST

The state of Florida is asking thousands of young women some intimate questions about their sex lives and is giving them a $10 gift card in return.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Department of Health is surveying 4,100 women between 18 and 24, giving participants a CVS gift card.

Officials say the survey will help them understand women's need for and approach to family-planning services.

The 46-question survey was sent out in September and October. Participants were asked how many men they had sex with over the last year and many other intimate details about their sex lives.

Among the questions:

The state says the names of those who return the survey will be kept private.

Many women have had the same reaction to the survey: Why do state health officials want answers to such personal questions?

"I mean, I know that they used taxpayers' money, but I think it's kind of ridiculous," said Marisa More. "I don't think it's anyone's business. Maybe our doctor's business, but not the public's."

More didn't get one of the surveys, but about 400 other women in Duval, St. Johns, Nassau and Clay counties did.

"I probably wouldn't fill it out. It's none of their business, I guess, unless they gave me a better reason on why they're asking," Amy Alexander said.

The state spent $45,000 on the survey. Of the 4,100 mailed out, 782 have been returned.

Another batch of surveys was supposed to go out this month but never did because it was found some of the surveys were sent to girls younger than 18, and the state is working on making sure that doesn't happen again.