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Sexuality education 1990. A review of state sexuality and AIDS education curricula.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
SIECUS report
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
1–9
Identifiers
PMID: 12282846
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The Sex Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), has initiated a program to review content, of education and AIDS education curricula. There are 23 states now requiring education and 33 requiring AIDS education. 33 states have recommended curricula for education and 42 have a curricula for AIDS education. The purpose of this review was to find out if the human sexuality information was thorough, accurate, and up to date and if it was presented in a positive or prohibitive and judgmental way. It was found that 30% of the states were using a curricula on sex education published before 1985 and 47% were using more recent curricula. Most of the sex education curricula did not focus specifically on human sexuality, and many were out of date on guidelines, especially those on AIDS. There was an about an equal ratio of adequate to inadequate curricula used for family planning; to be adequate, the curricula must describe each birth control method, its risks, effectiveness, and availability. More than 50% of the states are implementing AIDS curricula that are over 3 years old. Most of the programs emphasize abstention (85%) but only 9% teach safe sex. Although most states are mandating sex and AIDS education, they are not following up with a comprehensive curricula, and are avoiding sexual topics, possibly to avoid controversy. It appears there are many obstacles to overcome in developing comprehensive programs that will prepare students for healthy, sexual adult lives and protection from AIDS.

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