There are no requirements about specific content, including medically accurate information about contraception. To meet these standards, some Texas schools choose to teach abstinence-plus education, which emphasizes abstinence as the first and best choice for teens, but also includes information about contraception. Sexual health education 2 is the provision of information about bodily development, sex, sexuality, and relationships, along with skills-building to help young people communicate about and make informed decisions regarding sex and their sexual health.
And that two out of three girls in some countries have no idea of what is happening to them when they begin menstruating? These are some of the reasons why there is an urgent need for quality comprehensive sexuality education CSE. Earlier this monthUNESCO published a fully updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Educationwhich advocates for quality CSE to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives.
Comprehensive sex education CSE is a sex education instruction method based on-curriculum that aims to give students the knowledge, attitudes, skills and values to make appropriate and healthy choices in their sexual lives. CSE is also designed with the intention of reducing teenage and unwanted pregnancies, as well as lowering rates of domestic and sexual violencethus contributing to a healthier society, both physically and mentally. Comprehensive sex education ultimately promotes sexual abstinence as the safest sexual choice for young people.
When only 13 states in the nation require sex education to be medically accurate, a lot is left up to interpretation in teenage health literacy. Research published by the Public Library of Science shows that when sex education is comprehensive, students feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes — resulting in fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infection. Of course many young students pick up sexual health information from sources other than school — parents, peers, medical professionals, social media and pop culture.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC survey indicates that more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime. Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter. Sexual activity has consequences.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Although American teenagers are far more likely than their peers in other industrialized countries to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease STDthe press has recently been full of encouraging news. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDCthe s have brought a nationwide decline in teenage pregnancy rates and an increase in condom use by sexually active teenagers.
Teen sexual health outcomes over the past decade have been mixed. On one hand, teen pregnancy and birth rates have fallen dramatically, reaching record lows. On the other hand, rates of sexually transmitted infections STIs among teens and young adults have been on the rise.
Stacey, MD. This document reflects emerging clinical and scientific advances as of the date issued and is subject to change. The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed.
Our youth today are growing up in a culture that surrounds them with sexual imagery and messages—but one in which marriage is often delayed until the late twenties or later. Historically, public health prevention messages have singled out abstinence until marriage as the most effective way to remain free of sexually transmitted infections STIs. Abstinence is a fundamentally important aspect of preventing STIs, but this message alone does not serve well in the absence of comprehensive sexual education and a supportive environment.
Comprehensive sex education is the foundation by which young people learn to take personal responsibility for their sexual health. Research shows that young people who took comprehensive sex education are 50 percent less likely to experience unwanted pregnancy. Further, decades of research have identified dozens of programs that are effective in helping young people reduce their risk for pregnancy, HIV, and STDs.