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Most states today have a policy requiring HIV education, usually in conjunction with broader sex education. Meanwhile, as debate over the relative merits of abstinence-only-until marriage versus more comprehensive approaches has intensified, states have enacted a number of specific content requirements. This brief summarizes state-level sex and HIV education policies, as well as specific content requirements, based on a review of state laws, regulations and other legally binding policies.
Comprehensive sex education promotes a view of sexuality as a natural par of human development. It provides information about sexual abstinence as well as pregnancy and disease protection, and provides teens with skills to ensure they are able to take care of their sexual health and make healthy, responsible decisions. This publication is a practical, hands-on resource for advocates.
This document is the special issue of the Christians Connections for International Health (CCIH) Forum, which focuses on one aspect of the biggest challenge in the field of international health: how to reduce and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS. It was developed in response to the need expressed by the global community for churches and religious organizations, to cooperate in playing a central role in confronting this destructive pandemic; as the major role played by faith-based organizations in the care and support of people living with HIV and AIDS has been recognized for years. …