Sex Education and AIDS Education in the Schools: What States and Large School Districts Are Doing

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Family Planning Perspectives

In the majority of states, sex education is mandatory or strongly recommended in public schools. Forty-eight states and most of the large school districts across the country support sex education, including about STIs and abstinence. Fewer districts and states make education on pregnancy prevention mandatory. Larger school districts cover a broader range of sex-related topics, especially related to preventing pregnancy, than state curricula. Such districts also provide greater support to instructors through curricula provision, training and other activities, than do states. AIDS education receives more funding from states and school districts than general sex education.

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