The Duggar kids have all been homeschooled, and now we're getting a sense of what health class was like on the compound.
Not surprisingly, it seems Jim Bob and Michelle weren't above using scare tactics when it came to instilling their "values."
Specifically, when dissuading their children from engaging in premarital sex, the Arkansas couple offered an extreme view.
The Duggar courtship rules are notorious for strictly prohibiting virtually any and all forms of physical contact before marriage.
The threat of eternal damnation is the primary deterrent that causes unmarried Duggars to stick to hand-holding and side-hugs.
But it seems that in order to make doubly sure that they're able to resist temptation, the family takes it to another level still:
Frightening hormonal young people with more earthly dangers, such as an early demise via one of several horrible diseases.
In Touch Weekly has unearthed an excerpt from the 2014 memoir Growing Up Duggar, in which Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger talk fearfully.
Not just of the one-way ticket to hell, but of the sexually transmitted diseases that await those who are unable to hold off until marriage.
They write: "God has created physical intimacy to be a wonderful wedding gift for pleasure and bonding and to procreate children."
"But if it is done prematurely or with multiple partners, the very thing that was created to bring joy can bring sexually transmitted diseases."
"Such as HIV, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause infertility, cervical cancer, and a life sentence of pain and suffering."
Specifically, "HPV is just one of many sexually transmitted viruses, but it has recently become a notorious killer of women."
"According to the National Cancer Institute, 'Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by HPV infections.'"
"The American Cancer Society estimates that 4,030 women will die from cervical cancer this year."
So basically, you're f--ked.
The young Duggar women added, just in case your genitals were not yet sufficiently terrified, that:
"STDs like HPV also carry a high risk of being passed on to loved ones, including the woman’s husband or her children."
Of course, it's possible to have safe premarital sex, but don't tell that to the Duggar gals, who seem to have pretty much made up their minds.
Once you believe that a certain activity is likely to result in instant death, it's hard to get around that sort of mental block.
The emphasis on HPV is particularly strange, as while the disease is fairly common, in most cases, it doesn't result in any symptoms:
"In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems," the Center for Disease Control officially states.
We don't call ourselves medical experts by any means, but that's not quite on par with cervical cancer and death, is it?
Really, the need to convince impressionable young fans of the physical dangers of premarital sex is strange by any measure.
After all, anyone reading a Duggar bio is probably pretty all-in on all that "after-life" and "vengeful God" business.
Just assuring them they'll burn in hell is probably sufficient when it comes to scaring them into keeping their knees together.
But hey, maybe the Duggars believe that frightening people away from premarital sex is a lot like premarital sex itself - you can never be too safe.
Anyway, we suppose the method has proven effective.
While there may have been some "shotgun wedding" rumors about Joy-Anna, she likely abstained along with the rest of them.
Stories about her breaking courtship rules and getting knocked up before tying the knot made for great gossip, but were never proven.
By all accounts, it seems the Duggar women have thus far all been able to resist the perils of engaging in sex before marriage.
The Duggar men, on the other hand?
Well, that's a different story.
One for another time.