The level of sex education for students varies greatly from state to state. Other states require that sex education focus primarily, or even solely, on abstinence. These differences in curriculum also create huge differences in the quality of sex education that American students receive. Let’s take a look at some of the US cities that have chosen to offer the best possible sex education to its students.
In California, the guidelines for sexual health education programs are some of the most inclusive and specific in the nation. They require comprehensive instruction on sexuality and sexual health education that includes medically accurate and age appropriate material for students between the grades of 7 and 12. State legislation also mandates course material to focus on the dangers of sexual violence, relationship safety and consent. These programs have been viewed as some of the more progressive approaches to sexual health education in the public school system. They stress the importance of keeping students and young adults informed about the risks involved with sex, HIV and STDs.
The California Department of Education continues to push boundaries in their approaches to sex education. This state, more than any other state, is actively making strides to create the most comprehensive health education for all ages. What really makes California schools stand out though is the support of state politicians who continue to make legislation to fund and expand sexual health education for all students.
Once a person has become sexually active, it is important to consider STD testing. Many times, STDs do not show any obvious signs or symptoms and testing for STDs and HIV can be the only way to accurately know the status of your sexual health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all sexually active persons be tested at least once in their life for HIV and STDs. There are many options for testing throughout the state of California.