comscore CDC offers guidelines for schools’ sex education topics | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

CDC offers guidelines for schools’ sex education topics

The federal Centers for Disease Control has identified 16 topics which it says should be included in sex education classes offered to high school students in the U.S. Fewer than half of high schools and only a fifth of middle schools teach all 16.

The topics:

—Benefits of being sexually abstinent.

—How to access valid and reliable health information, products and services related to HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy.

—Influences of family, peers, media, technology and other factors on sexual risk behavior.

—Communication and negotiation skills related to eliminating or reducing risk for HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy.

—Goal-setting and decision-making skills related to eliminating or reducing risks.

—Influencing and supporting others to avoid or reduce sexual risk behaviors.

—Importance of using condoms consistently and correctly.

—Importance of using a condom at the same time as another form of contraception to prevent both STDs and pregnancy.

—How to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships.

—Importance of limiting the number of sexual partners.

—Preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health.

—How HIV and other STDs are transmitted.

—Health consequences of HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy.

—Effectiveness of condoms.

—How to obtain condoms.

—How to correctly use a condom.

Comments (2)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Leave a Reply

  • You should add one more, and that is how the biggest common denominator that people in poverty have is teen pregnancy and pre marriage pregnancy. Maybe it will bring a dose of reality to the how we put a condom on a Banana lesson.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up