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Position Paper
Comprehensive Sex Education
University of Kentucky

KHP 220
Dr. Stephanie Bennett
October 7, 2012
The most useful and realistic form of sex education that should be taught in schools around the country remains to be a huge debate. Year after year teens in the U.S. experience as many as 850,000 pregnancies. Approximately 9 million people under the age of 25 have an occurrence with STIs. On average, 66% of high school students will have initiated in vaginal sex.(3) The issue is whether abstinence-only or comprehensive sex education should be incorporated in schools. Comprehensive sexuality education in high school is more effective sex education that incorporates many aspects along with abstinence. Delaying onset of intercourse, reducing frequency of intercourse, reducing the number of sex partners, and increasing use of contraceptives are most of the goals of the comprehensive programs. According to Advocates for Youth characteristics of effective sex education are as followed: 1. Offer age- and culturally appropriate sexual health information in a safe environment for participants. 2. Are developed in cooperation with members of the target community, especially young people. 3. Assist youth to clarify their individual, family, and community values. 4. Assist youth to develop skills in communication, refusal, and negotiation. 5. Provide medically accurate information about both abstinence and also contraception, including condoms. 6. Have clear goals for preventing HIV, other STIs, and/or teen pregnancy. 7. Focus on specific health behaviors related to the goals, with clear messages about these behaviors. 8. Address psychosocial risk and protective factors with activities to change each targeted risk and to promote each protective factor. 9. Respect community values and respond to community needs. 10. Rely on participatory teaching methods, implemented by trained...
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