Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Young people have the right to lead healthy lives. We need sex education that is honest, complete, and accurate. Quality sex education includes information about sex, sexuality, relationships, contraception and condoms, and how to protect yourself and plan your future. Sex education programs need to be informed by evidence as well as include all the information and skills young people need to make healthy decisions.
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. Data have shown that not all programs are equally effective for all ages, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, and geographic areas. Studies have demonstrated that comprehensive sexuality education programs reduce the rates of sexual activity, sexual risk behaviors eg, number of partners and unprotected intercourse , sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancy. One key component of an effective program is encouraging community-centered efforts.
Effective Sex Education. It is interesting to note that the states with the highest teen birth rates all have education policies that require abstinence-only based sex education while the states with the lowest teenage birth rates do not require abstinence-only sex education. Generally speaking, short-term curricula"whether abstinence-only or sexuality education programs"do not have measurable impact on the behavior of teens. Ten years later, the federal government is providing funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention funding and comprehensive sex education. Many California agencies have applied for and are following the distribution of these resources carefully.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Also available in [ PDF ] format. As they grow up, young people face important decisions about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. The decisions they make can impact their health and well-being for the rest of their lives.